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Disability lawyers in Jackson, Tennessee

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Jackie Jakab, Disability Attorney
Jackie Jakab
Lead Attorney
March 29, 2024  ·  2 min read
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If you’re a Tennessean with a medical condition or injury that prevents you from being able to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These federal benefits provide monthly payments and healthcare coverage.

It’s no secret that applying for disability benefits is a long process that’s more challenging than it should be. But, working with a disability lawyer on your application can ease the process and boost your chances of success. We’ll walk you through the benefits of working with a disability lawyer in Jackson, Tennessee, and share the next steps.

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Social Security disability benefits in Tennessee

Tennessee does not have a statewide disability program, but workers with disability can qualify for federal benefits through the Social Security Administration. The SSA administers two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

  • SSDI: SSDI is for individuals with a work history. To qualify, you must have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years and paid into Social Security. Your medical condition must be expected to last more than one year. 

  • SSI: SSI is a need-based program for people with little to no work history and very few income and resources. To be eligible, you must not make more than $943 in monthly income and have less than $2,000 in assets. 

Both programs offer monthly benefits and healthcare coverage, but the eligibility requirements and payment amounts differ.

Learn more about the differences between SSDI vs. SSI in this article.

Disability benefits in Tennessee

How much does disability pay in Tennessee?

The maximum payment amount for Social Security Disability Insurance in 2024 is $3,822 a month. For Supplemental Security Income, the monthly maximum is $943. The exact amount you receive depends on factors like your work history and income. The average SSDI payment in Tennessee is $1,678, and the average SSI check is $599. To find your exact payment amount, create an SSA account on SSA.gov.

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Do you need a disability lawyer in Jackson, TN?

The majority of applicants benefit from working with a disability lawyer. The one exception: If you have a severe or terminal illness on the SSA’s compassionate allowance list, the SSA should fast-track your application. For other applicants, a disability lawyer can help build a case with the necessary medical evidence, file for an appeal, cross-examine vocational experts in a hearing, and more. Working with a lawyer triples your chances of getting benefits and can ease each step, from the initial application to a court hearing. 

How much does a lawyer cost in Tennessee?

Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis. That means you don’t pay anything until your lawyer wins your benefits. You’ll begin with a free consultation with a lawyer, and if you decide to move forward, you’ll sign a contingency agreement. The SSA will then need to approve this documentation. 

Only if your disability claim is approved will your lawyer collect the fee. The fee is set at 25% of your final payout amount and by law, the maximum amount a lawyer can receive is $7,200. 

There are no upfront costs to working with Atticus. There is nothing upfront and nothing ongoing. If you’re applying for benefits, take our 2-minute quiz to see your eligibility. A member of our team can offer advice about your options and introduce you to a disability lawyer if you’d like.

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Atticus lawyers in Jackson, TN

Here are some of the Atticus lawyers who serve Jackson and beyond:

Disability Consulting

Downard and Associates

Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Garrety

1424 W Baddour Pkwy., Suite F, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087

822 Wren Rd., Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072

65 Stonebridge Blvd., Jackson, Tennessee 38305

Atticus was very fast in finding me an attorney to represent my disability case. Downard and Associates is working my case now and I have faith they will get me approved, they are very knowledgeable of my situation and understanding of my very strenuous case. Atticus has stayed in contact and made sure I understand everything and if at any time I have any questions I can reach out to them if needed be. - Atticus client

SSA office in Jackson


415 Cheyenne Dr

Jackson, TN 38305

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (888) 383-1593

Fax Number: (833) 597-0128

From Cookeville to Jackson, Nashville to Memphis, there are 28 SSA offices in Tennessee. Visit your nearest SSA field office to speak with an SSA claims representative and apply for benefits.

Related resources:

How to Apply for Disability Benefits in Tennessee

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How to Qualify for Disability Benefits in Tennessee

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Frequently asked questions about benefits in Tennessee

How do I qualify for disability in Tennessee?

To qualify for disability you need to have a condition that prevents you from working for at least a year. You’ll also need to meet certain work history requirements (for SSDI) or be within certain income limits (for SSI). For more on these requirements, read our full write up here.

What conditions qualify for disability in Tennessee?

Any condition that will prevent you from working for a year or more can qualify for disability benefits. Some of the most common conditions include musculoskeletal disorders, mental disorders, nervous system diseases, and circulatory system diseases. See our full list of conditions that qualify here.

How long does it take to get approved for disability in Tennessee?

It takes an average of 7 months to get an initial disability decision in Tennessee. Most people who apply are initially rejected, and need to appeal this decision. If you appeal and go to a hearing, the process takes around two years on average. Read more: How Long It Takes to Get Approved for Disability Benefits

How much does disability pay in Tennessee?

The average SSDI payment in Tennessee is $1,678 per month. The average SSI payment is $599 per month. What you’ll earn is dependent on your income, or the amount you’ve historically paid into the Social Security program. Read more on what amount you can expect.

How should I prepare my disability application in Tennessee?

Answer the application questions truthfully, consistently, and succinctly. You should also ensure that you gather and submit all your medical records with your application. The SSA paperwork can be complicated, so our legal team has written a full guide to the application here.

Does Tennessee have a state disability program?

No, Tennessee doesn't have a state disability program. Only five states (California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island) have a state program. Residents of Tennessee can apply for federal disability programs (SSDI and SSI). Read more about SSDI and SSI here.

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Jackie Jakab, Disability Attorney

Jackie Jakab

Lead Attorney

Jackie Jakab is Atticus’s Legal Director. She’s a licensed attorney, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, and has counseled thousands of people seeking disability benefits.
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