If you’re struggling with a mental or physical disability, it can be daunting to have to fight for financial assistance by filing a claim on your own. The entire process can be long and confusing, and there’s no guarantee your claim will be approved.
As the claimant, you shouldn’t have to focus on anything other than healing during such a difficult time. To help you better understand your rights, our personal injury experts are here to share the information and insight you need on qualifying for disability in Tennessee.
What Conditions Are Covered?
According to the Social Security Disability Resource Center, any medical condition that meets the definition of disability can qualify you for benefits in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities. This can be a “single physical condition, mental condition, or a combination of various conditions,” but the claimant must be disabled for at least one year* before being approved.
Claimants who are approved during the filing process (24.3%) typically have a severe impairment that has noticeably hindered their ability to perform their previous job duties or earn a steady income in a similar role.
Some of the most common impairments listed by the Social Security Administration are:
- Hearing & speech disorders
- Visual impairments
- Respiratory impairments (asthmatic illness, sleep apnea, emphysema, etc.)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Fractures or soft tissue injuries
- Chronic heart, liver, or kidney disease
- Liver or kidney transplants
- Coronary artery disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
- Down syndrome
- Mental impairments (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, autism, etc.)
- Neurological conditions
- Malignant neoplastic conditions (cancers)
- Immune system disorders (lupus, HIV, inflammatory arthritis, etc.)
- Skin disorders
It’s important to note that not all medical conditions are listed in this article or in the Social Security Administration’s printed list of impairments, which has been popularly deemed the “blue book.” If your condition is not on this list or in the blue book, you may want to consider a free, confidential case evaluation with the G3 team to see if you qualify for benefits.
The Filing Process at a Glance
If your medical condition is on the list and you’re interested in taking the first step to file for disability benefits in Tennessee, we’re here to help.
In most states and cases, the first step is filing the initial claim (i.e. disability application). Between the paperwork and phone calls, this can be extremely time-consuming. While providing the Social Security Administration with information like medical records, tax documents, and proof of residence may not be fun, it’s necessary to get your application reviewed.
During this initial claim, you’ll also receive an opportunity to tell your disability story. This is a required written statement that summarizes your previous employment, the kind of responsibilities you held in that role, and shows you had no intent to become disabled.
Why Involve G3?
At G3, we understand this process can be frustrating and confusing. That’s why our legal staff are readily available to handle the entire process for you. From the initial application to requests for reconsideration if denied benefits, we’ll fight for your rights as if they were our own. Because when it comes to receiving the help you need, you deserve the best!
Check out our complete article on Filing for Social Security Disability in Tennessee or call (865) 658-4012 to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation today.
Information provided in this article was sourced from the Social Security Disability Resource Center.
*Exceptions to the length of time one must be disabled from a medical condition (one year) can be made if medical evidence projects that the condition will disable the applicant for a minimum of one year.