Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in Tennessee

When a doctor diagnoses your loved one with cerebral palsy, the immediate reaction may be fear. Your thoughts turn to treatment options. Soon after, you think about how you can pay for the treatments. The purpose of this page is to guide you through these concerns. We'll start by talking about what cerebral palsy is, then point out treatment centers in Tennessee. Then, we'll go over financial options for the treatment of cerebral palsy and conclude with a discussion about the process of applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects a person's balance and ability to move. Something happens that causes damage to the brain, usually as it is developing. When a child is born with cerebral palsy, most times, children are born with cerebral palsy an accurate diagnosis may not take place until months later or even years later. When children are born with cerebral palsy, it is usually due either to an infection in the mother that damaged the brain of the fetus, or to a lack of oxygen to the brain because of complications during labor.

Treatment Locations for Cerebral Palsy

Western Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Association
34 Garland Dr
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 668-3322

A facility offering rehab during the day for adults and a summer program for students.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
848 Adams Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
1-(866) 870-5570

A multidisciplinary center offering comprehensive care for children with cerebral palsy.

The Cerebral Palsy Center
241 E Woodland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 523-0491

A center in Knoxville, Tennessee that provides services year-round to people with cerebral palsy.

Siskin Children's Institute
1101 Carter St
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
(423) 648-1700

A facility that offers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for children with conditions like cerebral palsy.

United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee
1200 9th Ave North, Ste 110
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 242-4091

UCP offers programs to make those who have cerebral palsy as independent as possible.

TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion
2401 Parman Place
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 342-1450

A medical center that treats people living with cerebral palsy.

(800) 727-0761

A treatment clinic with various locations, including one in Jackson and another in Memphis Tennessee.

The Brain Injury Association of Tennessee
955 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 248-2541

A group providing service coordination, caregiver support and support groups for cerebral palsy.

Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-5536

The Motor Impairment Clinic has cerebral palsy services.

Financial Support for Cerebral Palsy

Through the life of a child, cerebral palsy can cost as much as $900,000. It is normal to worry about such things. Cerebral palsy is a disorder that lasts an entire lifetime. Most diagnosed with cerebral palsy will never work as adults.

However, there is help available. If you are an adult with cerebral palsy, you can apply for social security disability benefits, or you can apply for your child if he or she has the disorder. A cerebral palsy disability benefits attorney can help you with the process and with any appeals you may have to file. Also, if your child's cerebral palsy was the result of medical malpractice, an attorney can go over your legal options to help relieve the financial burden on you and your family.

Social Security Benefits

There are two programs for social security benefits. SSDI, the disability benefits, are available to anyone who has paid into Social Security for at least 10 years and has accumulated enough work credits. It may also be available for adults if the disability occurred before the age of 22.

SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is available to those with low incomes or individuals who have never worked. Children are sometimes eligible if the family meets the income requirements and the child meets the definition of disability for Social Security. There are some cases where an individual can qualify for both SSDI and SSI, if the SSDI payments are low enough.

Tennessee does not have a supplemental state payment for SSI, unlike most states, but those who qualify for SSI will also likely qualify for government benefits, like housing assistance.

Applying for Social Security

To apply for Social Security, go to your local office or request a form through the mail by calling (800) 772-1213. You can also apply online before attending the interview which can make the process go faster.

Social Security is a federal program, but each state has its own office to determine eligibility. The Tennessee Disability Determination Services are at:

400 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243
(800) 342-1117

A denial of your application means that you will need to begin the appeals process. Ultimately, you can file suit in a federal court. Legal counsel is always an option during the process and it is usually a good idea to have a lawyer in your corner. An experienced attorney can do much to shorten the process so your family can receive their benefits.