The Legal Assistance You Need to File a Social Security Disability Claim in Tennessee

Common mistakes in the filing process can ruin your claim before it even has a chance

The first step in obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits begins by filing a claim. Remember, SSD and SSDI are tax-funded, federal insurance programs regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Americans file almost 3,000,000 SSD and SSDI applications annually, so the SSA will not hesitate to reject an improper filing to reduce their caseload.

If you reside in the state of Tennessee and are considering filing for SSD or SSDI benefits, make sure that common mistakes in the application process do not derail your efforts. Let Nashville attorney Rocky McElhane help you with the process of filing for Social Security disability.

Filing on your own

If you choose to file for SSD or SSDI benefits on your own, you can do so online using the SSA website at or over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213 and requesting an in-person or telephone appointment.

Remember that if you choose either of these processes, you will need:

  • Your birth certificate
  • Bank account information
  • A list of your employers over the past 15 years
  • A list of your doctors, hospitals and medications
  • Your marriage license and birth certificates of your children, if applicable

You also need to be able to prove you meet the relevant eligibility requirements for SSD or SSDI.

Common mistakes when filing for SSD and SSDI

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we possess considerable experience helping people file successful claims for SSD and SSDI benefits, even if they have made certain common mistakes on previous applications, such as:

  • Not providing sufficient medical documentation on the claim
  • Exaggerating details of their injury
  • Omitting details about their previous jobs
  • Working while applying for disability
  • Collecting unemployment while waiting for a disability ruling
  • Missing disability appeal deadlines
  • Not properly preparing for an SSD hearing
  • Not seeing a doctor or ignoring the orders of their doctor

If you legitimately cannot hold a job and need to file an application for SSD benefits, you can’t afford to make these or any other mistakes in the filing process. Rocky McElhaney is prepared to help you avoid them.

Speak with a reputable, tenacious Tennessee SSDI attorney who can help you file a successful claim

At The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we have years of experience successfully representing clients applying for SSD benefits throughout Tennessee, including in the areas of Knoxville, Memphis, Hendersonville, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and Kingsport. Contact us today at 615-246-5549 or online, to arrange a free initial consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in the historic Germantown section of Nashville.