Monumental Supreme Court Ruling Exposes TVA to Lawsuits

In 2013, two fishermen competing in a fishing tournament steered their boat into the Tennessee River. In that same space, workers with the Tennessee Valley Authority were raising a submerged power line. The boat was struck by a conductor, badly injuring the boat’s operator, Gary Thacker, and killing his passenger, Anthony Szozda. Thacker and his […]

Tennessee landfills poisoning water

It was a 2008 incident in our state — a coal ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston plant — that led to a 2015 EPA regulation, called the Coal Ash Rule, that requires energy providers to line their landfills to prevent leakage and to monitor them for groundwater contamination. Coal ash is the […]

SSA Consultative Exam

Applying for and receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is not an easy process. This is especially true in Tennessee, which leads the nation in denial of benefits. You may assume that if you are disabled and unable to work because of your disability, you will be granted SSDI. Unfortunately, the SSDI application process can […]

Tennessee SSD denial attorney

Being unable to work — and support yourself and your family — is devastating enough. When you are denied the social security disability (SSD) insurance benefits you’ve paid into your entire working life, the fallout can be catastrophic, financially and emotionally. If you meet all of the guidelines for receiving SSDI payments but your claim […]

Social Security Disability Insurance

Imagine this scenario: You’re facing real challenges. Whether because of an accident, disease or inherited condition, you’re too disabled to work. Money is tight and you need your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. But there are many out there who would be more than happy to cheat you out of whatever money you have; […]

Tennessee Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) applicants have their lives on the line when they apply for benefits. They can’t work, may be diagnosed with a fatal condition and are facing severe financial problems. Many of them have had the SSD rug pulled out from under them by doctors hired by the state to review […]

The recent partial federal government shutdown caused concern and frustration among many Americans who rely upon a fully functioning government.  During that 35-day period a lot of work wasn’t getting done at federal agencies.  Even though the partial government shutdown did not cause Social Security to shut down, any government shutdown creates a ripple effect […]

Social Security Disability Insurance

Words matter, because they shape our thoughts and feelings. Depending on the words we choose, someone can have a positive or negative opinion of something. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal disability insurance program for workers in Tennessee and across the country. It’s not welfare. It’s not a handout. Like any other insurance, […]

Gig work and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

More and more Tennesseans work in the gig economy as independent contractors and freelancers, either because they can’t find a good fit with a traditional job or it’s their preference. If you’re in this position, injured and too disabled to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. If you’re self-employed and […]

For the more than 10 million Americans reliant on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to cover their bills, 2019 may be a promising year. Several changes to programs handled by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are in place. While these adjustments will not comprehensively transform the landscape of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program or […]

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