Don't be surprised. but DON'T GIVE UP! In Tennessee, only about 1/3 of those who apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits are approved at the first stage.
If you are denied, you should appeal. Many people give up and lose benefits that they should have.
You should also hire a competent lawyer to represent you. Make sure your case is evaluated personally by an attorney--not by a paralegal or clerk. Additionally, you should know that there are many people who try to represent Social Security claimants who are not attorneys. Although they may mean well, they aren't held to the same high standards as attorneys, and cannot appeal cases through all steps of the Social Security Disability and SSI claims process.
Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918