Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) in Tennessee

Many find the Social Security Disability system inaccessible and overly complicated. Trust our knowledgeable attorneys to obtain your rightful SSD benefits.

If you are over 18 and have been unable to work due to a medical condition, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, like many government-run programs, the SSD system can be difficult to traverse. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley, our skilled team has a thorough knowledge of the SSD system. We are adept at navigating the ins and outs of this complicated system and are here to answer any questions you may have no matter what step in the SSD process you may find yourself.

How do I file for Social Security Disability in Tennessee?

There are three ways that you can file for SSD in Tennessee:

  • Online with the Social Security Administration:  Go to the Social Security Administration website ( and you will find a section to file for SSD. You will need to review the Adult Disability Checklist, gather all necessary application information, complete the Disability Benefit Application, and fill out the Medical Release Form.
  • In person at a Tennessee Social Security Administration field office: The Social Security Administration has local field offices if you are more comfortable going in person to file for SSD. It is a good idea to check and make sure if you need to make an appointment or not.
  • Apply via telephone: You can also apply for SSD by calling the Social Security Administration at their toll-free telephone number 1-800-772-1213.

You will need to fill out all application details and gather a number of documents in order to file your DDS claim. The information needed for your application includes:

  • Personal information about you, your spouse, and your minor children including names and dates of birth
  • The Routing Transit Number and account number for your bank or other financial institution
  • Details regarding your medical conditions and names of treating medical providers
  • Information concerning your work and work history including your employer’s contact information and how much money you earned annually

The documents you will need for your application include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • W-2 forms
  • Medical records
  • Any proof of worker’s compensation benefits you may have received

While SSD is a federal program, the claims process varies by state. In Tennessee, the Tennessee Disability Determination Services (DDS), a section of the Division of Rehabilitation Services of the Department of Human Services, processes SSD claims on behalf of the State of Tennessee and the Social Security Administration. DDS will review your claim and you can contact their customer service department to check the status on your pending disability claim.

If your SSD claim is denied, you can file a Request for Reconsideration. If your request is denied, you can petition for a hearing before an administrative law judge. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), a Social Security Administration agency, is responsible for the SSD hearings.

The Social Security Disability process is complicated. Our Tennessee Social Security disability attorneys help you access the SSD benefits you deserve

Don’t let government red tape prevent you from Social Security disability benefits that are rightfully yours. Our Murfreesboro Tennessee Social Security disability attorneys have a thorough understanding of the SSD system intricacies and use this knowledge to benefit you. If you are trying to collect Social Security disability benefits, contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.