Tennessee Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Tennessee, then you should weigh the benefits of hiring an attorney. An experienced Social Security disability lawyer can significantly improve the odds that your case will be approved.

Social Security data from Tennessee reveals that 33% of the Social Security disability claims are denied on average. Of course, most applicants that have been denied on their first attempt appeal the decision. However, the chances of approval are even worse in the first phase of the appeals process, which is formally known as reconsideration.

The vast majority of claimants will have to wait until their hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to have a significant chance of approval.

Tennessee has 6 Hearing Offices where you can go to have your case heard by an ALJ. They are listed in the above table.

Most successful Social Security disability claims are approved during the hearing, largely because the ALJs have more leeway in the way they handle claims and can actually see and hear you while you present evidence of your disability.

Overall, 42% of Tennessee disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Tennessee residents wait 516 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for Tennessee
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Kingsport 11 18 months 558 days 1.48 24% 27% 49%
Franklin 12 20 months 631 days 0.84 30% 34% 36%
Chattanooga 12 10 months 415 days 2.24 20% 54% 25%
Knoxville 13 13 months 485 days 1.95 27% 48% 26%
Nashville 12 10 months 386 days 1.51 20% 35% 45%
Memphis 10 18 months 623 days 2.01 25% 56% 19%
All Tennessee 70 15 months 516 days 1.67 24% 42% 33%
ALJ Judges in Tennessee
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Randolph W Alden Knoxville 32 9 135 41 100 59 135
Michelle L Alexander Nashville 30 9 103 39 89 50 103
Renee S Andrews - Turner Nashville 37 19 105 56 88 32 105
Jim Beeby Knoxville 56 8 165 64 140 76 165
Lauren L Benedict Chattanooga 41 17 161 58 131 73 161
Edward Bowling Knoxville 50 7 121 57 104 47 121
Robert B Bowling Memphis 0 0 110 0 2 2 2
J. Elaine Burke Knoxville 52 4 104 56 83 27 104
John E Case Chattanooga 63 9 123 72 110 38 123
Henry H. Chambers Chattanooga 69 2 115 71 97 26 115
John R Daughtry Franklin 68 11 126 79 109 30 126
James Dixon Knoxville 40 6 131 46 116 70 131
Brian Dougherty Franklin 45 0 76 45 55 10 76
Rosalind Eddins-Hill Memphis 33 11 106 44 95 51 106
David A Ettinger Nashville 47 12 140 59 106 47 134
III, George L Evans Kingsport 46 5 84 51 70 19 84
William O Gray Chattanooga 56 2 119 58 119 61 119
Frank L Gregori Nashville 34 1 78 35 68 33 78
K. Dickson Grissom Knoxville 51 3 102 54 80 26 102
Leetra J Harris Memphis 43 9 156 52 128 76 156
Shannon H Heath Franklin 17 5 117 22 98 76 117
Juliana P Heaton Knoxville 40 2 108 42 84 42 108
Robert Hodum Memphis 44 9 164 53 121 68 164
Gentry C Hogan Kingsport 94 1 144 95 128 33 144
Charles R Howard Kingsport 96 4 167 100 153 53 167
George W Jenkins III Memphis 76 13 150 89 112 23 150
Carey Jobe Chattanooga 55 2 131 57 105 48 131
Lyle A Jones Memphis 30 20 155 50 128 78 155
Stephanie M Jones Knoxville 41 4 113 45 87 42 113
Wesley R Kliner Chattanooga 39 7 135 46 114 68 135
Jerry M Lang Memphis 15 6 86 21 47 26 86
Donna Lefebvre Knoxville 60 5 138 65 105 40 138
Brian Lucas Franklin 52 3 132 55 117 62 132
Kristie Luffman-Minor Chattanooga 51 1 119 52 98 46 119
Tommye C Mangus Kingsport 0 0 148 0 1 1 1
Robert Martin Nashville 27 8 128 35 105 70 126
Frederick McGrath Chattanooga 88 2 171 90 139 49 171
Jennifer Mills Memphis 56 7 114 63 89 26 114
Suhirjahaan Morehead Chattanooga 25 9 159 34 127 93 159
Kerry Morgan Franklin 70 4 129 74 107 33 129
Elizabeth P Neuhoff Franklin 50 8 131 58 115 57 131
Troy M Patterson Franklin 64 1 141 65 126 61 141
John A Peebles Memphis 35 6 112 41 99 58 112
Katie H Pierce Chattanooga 32 1 81 33 61 28 81
Angele Pietrangelo Nashville 40 10 109 50 93 43 109
Keith C Pilkey Kingsport 79 9 129 88 121 33 129
J. D Reap Franklin 44 20 145 64 135 71 145
Mary E Richardson Kingsport 4 0 100 4 4 0 4
Mary E Richardson Knoxville 41 2 100 43 85 42 96
Marshall D Riley Kingsport 107 1 142 108 129 21 142
Linda Gai Roberts-Reap Franklin 62 1 127 63 105 42 127
Angela Saindon Chattanooga 41 13 141 54 113 59 141
Sherman D Schwartzberg Kingsport 76 4 160 80 133 53 160
Scott C Shimer Franklin 23 3 147 26 36 10 47
Scott C Shimer Nashville 27 9 147 36 98 62 100
Mark Siegel Kingsport 1 0 101 1 1 0 2
Mark Siegel Knoxville 35 1 101 36 81 45 99
Alfred M Smith Jr Nashville 38 5 103 43 81 38 103
Todd Spangler Kingsport 0 0 107 0 0 0 2
Todd Spangler Knoxville 38 6 107 44 90 46 105
Paul M Stimson Memphis 60 13 142 73 124 51 142
Gary J Suttles Franklin 9 4 63 13 43 30 58
Michael R Swan Chattanooga 60 1 132 61 103 42 132
William F Taylor Nashville 16 0 149 16 22 6 27
Jennifer B Thomas Nashville 1 1 144 2 5 3 7
Michelle Thompson Nashville 32 3 93 35 52 17 74
Marty S Turner Franklin 61 10 167 71 149 78 167
Douglas G White Kingsport 96 2 124 98 118 20 124
H. S Williams Nashville 55 1 103 56 73 17 103
Andrea L Wirth Knoxville 22 2 75 24 48 24 75
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