Tennessee Disability Rates Soaring

A recent report shows that Tennessee disability rates are the 7th highest in the US, with a rate of disability recipients in the state at 6.5% as of 2011.

Of these recipients, 32.4% suffer from recurring back and neck pain.

In addition, TN residents were among the most likely to receive federal disability benefits – or SSDI – for diseases of the circulatory system. TN residents also have a high rate of diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart attack compared to the national average.

In 2011, TN had 260,000 residents receiving Social Security disability benefits for a total of $261.5 million given out.

What’s Behind These High Rates of Disability Claims

Some critics argue these high numbers hide high numbers of unemployed people turning to the SSDI program for benefits to cover their living expenses when unemployment runs out.

That may be true in some cases, but as a Memphis SSDI lawyer, I know a lot of people are denied SSDI even when they have real injuries or pain. TN may have a high rate of disability recipients, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get approved.

What to Do If You’ve Applied for Disability and Were Denied

It’s very common to be denied disability. In fact, the government denies 65% of applications.

When that happens, you have 60 days to appeal.

That’s not a long time, so don’t wait to get started if you’ve been denied. Contact us today to speak with an experienced and dedicated Memphis SSDI lawyer for free. Call us at 901-327-2100 or send us the form below.