A recent report shows that Tennessee has the 7th highest rate of disability recipients in the country at 6.5% as of 2011.

32.4% of these recipients suffer from recurring back and neck pain; and 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 at a total of $261.5 million given out.

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

That certainly may be true in some cases, but as a Memphis SSDI lawyer I know that 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.

It’s very common to be denied disability; and 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.