Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) in Middle Tennessee is defined the same as it is defined by federal guidelines. It is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program of the United States government. The Social Security Administration manages this program.
The Social Security Disability Insurance program is designed to provide income supplements to people who are physically restricted in their ability to be employed due to notable disabilities. These are usually considered physical disabilities. Social Security Disability Insurance can be supplied on a temporary or permanent basis. This is typically a directly associated with whether the person’s disability is temporary or permanent.
Unlike Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SSD does not depend on the income of the disabled individual receiving it. A “legitimately” (i.e. according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and via other similar legal and medical backing) disabled person of any income level can theoretically receive SSD. The annual number of applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance is at an all time high.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has limited resources for processing these claims therefore there is an extreme volume of applications being processed. It is important to note, more than 60% of initial stage applications are currently being denied. More importantly, during the reconsideration stage of an appeal, that number jumps to well over 80%.