Applying for SSDI benefits can be a long process. The Oklahoma City disability lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill are your Wolf Pack, and we’ve got your back. Whether you’re in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, or anywhere in Oklahoma, we will treat you like a member of our own pack and be here to answer all of your disability benefits questions. Call us today at (405) 218-9200 to get started with a free case review.
Call Us. We’ll Take It from There.
Let our disability attorneys handle the hard part so you can focus on living your life while we fight for the financial assistance you deserve.
We’re Your Trusted Guide.
We’ll keep you updated on your application. Touching base is always just a phone call away. We will be with you every step of the way, no matter how long your case takes.
No Upfront Costs. Really.
Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis. That means you pay us only if you qualify for benefits. It costs you nothing to have us start your disability benefits claim.
Social Security Disability Benefits are Notoriously Complex
Living with a mental or physical disability often leaves you with little time for anything else. Maybe you’ve been putting off filing for SSDI because you don’t know where to start. Or, maybe you’re not sure if you’re “disabled” by the Social Security Administration’s standards. Whatever your questions are, we’re here to answer them.
And when you work with us, you’re not just hiring a social security disability attorney — you’re joining our Wolf Pack. We’re devoted to your case and will pursue any disability benefits you may be entitled to with the aggression and fierceness only a wolf can.
Are you ready to speak with an Oklahoma City Disability Lawyer?
From filing your disability claim to appealing a denial, our disability lawyers are ready to help you fight for the financial assistance you’re owed.
Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict rules for qualifying for SSDI benefits. In most cases, you must meet the following criteria:
Your disability — which can be a physical or mental impairment — must prevent you from engaging in “substantial gainful activity.” This is the language the SSA uses when they talk about earning money from a job. In order to qualify, your disability:
- Prevents you from doing the work you were able to do before.
- Inhibits you from doing other kinds of work due to your condition.
- Must have lasted or is expected to last at least 12 continuous months, or is expected to result in death.
You must have worked at a job that contributed to Social Security.
- “Work Credits” are credits you receive when a portion of your taxes goes to the SSA through your employment. In order to receive SSDI, you must have first accumulated enough Work Credits.
- The amount of credits you need in order to qualify for SSDI is dependent on your age.
What Is the Process for Getting Disability Benefits in Oklahoma?
This entire process can take several months, sometimes longer. The faster you respond to any requests for information or paperwork, the easier the process will be.
Step 1: Submitting your application
We’ll gather the necessary documentation and submit your SSDI application.
Step 2: Case review
The SSA will review your application, looking at your income/resources and medical history.
Step 3: Request for more information
In some cases, the SSA may ask for more information. This may be a matter of submitting more paperwork. Or, they may ask for an evaluation or testing by a qualified health professional.
Step 4: Acceptance or denial
When the SSA is done reviewing your case, you will receive notice that your claim was either accepted or denied. If it is accepted, you will start receiving benefits. If it is denied, you have the right to pursue an appeal.
Social Security Disability FAQs
Why should I hire an attorney?
A social security disability lawyer will help you make sure your paperwork is complete and that there are no errors. This may reduce the chance of getting a denial. Remember, there are no upfront costs for hiring one of our disability attorneys. We only get paid if you are approved for SSDI benefits. You have nothing to lose by speaking with one of our attorneys.
I filed on my own and my claim was denied. Can you help?
Yes, we may be able to help you if you were denied disability benefits in the past. Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon for social security disability benefits to be denied. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of incomplete paperwork or errors. We’ll file your appeal and pursue any disability benefits you may be entitled to.
How long can I receive benefits for?
If you become able to work and/or no longer meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled”, your benefits may stop or be reduced. Otherwise, disability benefits will be paid throughout your lifetime. When you reach your full retirement age, your Social Security benefits will convert to retirement benefits.
Can I work while receiving SSDI benefits?
In general, SSDI beneficiaries cannot engage in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) and continue to receive benefits. However, there are exceptions to this. You can learn more about what work you may be able to do while receiving benefits in a free consultation.