Rocky McElhaney Law Firm (RML), an award-winning, Tennessee personal injury law firm, is increasing their focus on Social Security Disability in response to their growing concern about the state’s response to injured claimants. With one of the highest denial rates for disability applicants in the nation, the state of Tennessee rejected 72 percent of all claims in 2017. Rocky McElhaney, CEO of RML, announces attorney Justin Hight, Managing Attorney, will lead the expansion of their Social Security Disability practice area. —
“We’re local people—we live here in Tennessee,” said Rocky McElhaney. “We care about what’s happening to our neighbors, and we know it’s our responsibility to help them when they get hurt.” Responding to growing numbers of calls from clients needing help with Social Security Disability, Rocky and his team began looking closer at how the state was handling these claimants.
According to a Tennessee investigation of physician data conducted from January 2013 and July 2018 (published in the Tennessean), physicians reviewing cases for the Federal Office of Social Security were paid according to the volume of cases they reviewed, encouraging many Tennessee doctors to race through their reviews. Over half of those physicians reviewed cases at a rate faster than the federal standard (1.5 cases per hour). One out of every five Tennessee doctors reviewed cases at a rate double that speed. The investigation also found that some of the doctors under contract had a history of misconduct.
“The Social Security Disability process is a mess. It needs attention,” said Rocky McElhaney, CEO of RML. “Small cases can help draw attention to big problems, over time. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we fight to protect our clients and to protect our society as a whole.”
According to a report conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the odds of being allowed social security disability benefits for African-American claimants with attorney representation were more than 5 times higher than the odds of for those without attorney representation. In comparison, the odds of being allowed benefits for white claimants with attorney representation were 3 times higher than the odds for white claimants without representation.
“The Social Security Disability process can take a long time and is extremely complex,” said Justin Hight, Managing Attorney at RML. “Our goal is to help people prepare for and navigate the pitfalls of that process—a process whose outcome can affect the rest their lives.”
Justin Hight, who will lead the expansion of RML’s Social Security Disability practice area, is a rising star at RML. Hight is an experienced leader and trial lawyer and is the winner of numerous professional awards, including Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars—Excellence in Practice Award and the National Trial Lawyers’ Association Top 40 Under 40 Award.
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About Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm is a Tennessee personal injury law firm with locations in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Knoxville. Established in Nashville in 2002 and led by founder and CEO, Rocky McElhaney, the award-winning firm has a fierce reputation for gaining their clients the highest compensation possible for their physical, financial, and personal losses. Known in Nashville as “gladiators in suits,” the attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm are loyal, compassionate, and dedicated individuals who fight hard to help clients gain justice.
The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has developed a reputation for maintaining high ethical standards while aggressively representing clients throughout Tennessee. The firm has been named Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal and Best Lawyer in Nashville by the Nashville Scene for four consecutive years.
The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm represents clients injured in the following types of accidents:
Social Security Disability
Nursing home abuse
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