Social Security Disability (SSD) was created to help people get the financial support they need when disabilities keep them from working. The benefits provided by SSD are funded by payroll taxes taken from workers’ paychecks, and they’re supposed to be available when people need them most. But the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies more than half of all initial SSD claims, and mistakes or omissions can delay the process for months or years.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know you need your SSD benefits fast. Whether you’re applying for the first time or you’ve been denied and need help with your appeal, we’ll ensure your claim has the best possible chances of getting approved. Contact us 24/7 to get the guidance you deserve—just dial (877) 579-6800 or complete our free online form.
How We Can Help
From determining if you qualify for benefits to filling out the necessary paperwork, our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers know that getting your SSD benefits can be complex and confusing.
SSD CLAIMS PROCESS
If you’re disabled and can no longer work, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can provide income to support you and your family. But preparing a strong claim on your own takes time, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) often takes months to make claims decisions. That’s why it’s important to start the SSD claims process right away, and get the guidance you need to file a strong claim as fast as possible.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know how the SSA works, and we’re here to assist you with every step of the SSD claims process. Contact us 24/7 to get an experienced SSD lawyer on your side who will work tirelessly to get your claim approved. Dial (405) 610-0704 or complete a free online form today.
4 Steps to Take Before You Apply for SSD
Taking these steps before you begin applying for SSD benefits can help give you the best chances of getting approved:
- Check to see if you qualify for SSD benefits.
The SSA has strict guidelines to determine whom is eligible to receive SSD benefits.
- See your doctor.
Medical records from your doctor can serve as valuable evidence of your condition, its severity, and how long you’re expected to be disabled.
- Collect the information needed to file your SSD application.
Completing the SSD claims process requires your Social Security number, military discharge information (if applicable), medical records, work history, and other personal information.
- Contact an experienced SSD attorney.
A mistake or omission on your SSD application can delay your claim for months or years. At Colbert Cooper Hill, we can help ensure your paperwork is accurate, on time, and has all the information the SSD needs to approve your claim.
Applying For SSD
You can apply for SSD benefits online, over the phone, or at your local Social Security office. After you submit your application, SSA officials will review your work history to determine if you’re eligible for SSD based on how long and how recently you’ve worked.
If your work history qualifies you to receive SSD benefits, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services takes over your claim and determines your medical eligibility—or whether or not your condition meets the SSA’s definition of a disability.
If your claim is denied at the initial level, you may still be entitled to benefits. Our SSD lawyers can review the details of your claim and file an appeal on your behalf.
You Can Afford Help
At Colbert Cooper Hill, we believe the cost of a lawyer shouldn’t prevent you from getting the help you need with your SSD application. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t pay us legal fees unless we get your claim approved. It’s that simple. So don’t wait. Call or contact our legal team now.
WHY WAS I DENIED SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies more than half of all initial claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But many claims are denied for reasons that can be fixed during the appeals process.
If your SSD claim was denied, contact Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys. We know what successful SSD claims look like, and we can help you file an appeal as soon as possible for the benefits you’re owed. Just dial (405) 610-0704 or complete a free online form today.
SSD Work History Requirements
You must meet specific work history requirements to qualify for SSD benefits. The SSA bases these requirements on the following factors:
- Work Credits
The SSA assigns you “credits” based on your net income, up to a maximum of four credits per year. The number of credits needed to qualify for SSD benefits depends on your age when you become disabled. Check the SSA Benefits Planner for up-to-date information on work credit requirements.
- When You Last Worked
Even if you’ve earned enough credits to be eligible for SSD benefits, you need to have earned them within 10 years or less of the date you became disabled. Exceptions to this rule apply if you’re under age 31.
If you aren’t sure if your work history meets the SSA’s requirements, contact us today. We can review your claim and help determine if you’ve earned enough credits to qualify for SSD benefits.
Does The SSA Consider You Disabled?
You must meet certain medical criteria to be eligible to receive SSD benefits.
The SSA considers you disabled if you:
- cannot do the work you did before.
- cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions.
- have been disabled, or are expected to be disabled, for at least one year or your disability will result in death.
Family members of disabled workers, such as spouses and unmarried children, may also be eligible to receive benefits. If your family’s income has been affected by a loved one’s inability to work due to a disability, contact Colbert Cooper Hill today.
Many disabled workers who file strong appeals after their SSD denials end up getting approved for benefits. Don’t risk your benefits by facing the appeals process without legal help. Colbert Cooper Hill has the resources and experience to take on the SSA. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t owe us attorney fees unless we get your claim approved. Don’t wait any longer to get your benefits. Contact us today.
If you have a condition that keeps you from working, the last thing you need is to face the Social Security Administration (SSA) alone. Stacks of complicated paperwork and unclear regulations only get more confusing if your initial claim is denied and you have to file an appeal.
Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys’ team of Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers is here to help. We’ve put together the following list of websites you can use to help answer your questions about the Social Security Disability (SSD) system:
FEDERAL SOCIAL SECURITY RESOURCES
- Social Security Disability Online Services
Request a benefit verification letter or replacement Medicare card, change the way you receive information from the SSA, change your address, or get direct deposit of your benefits.
- Social Security Disability Research
Get the latest information about the SSD system and research statistics on who applies for and receives benefits.
OKLAHOMA SOCIAL SECURITY RESOURCES
- Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Find out what services are available to disabled Oklahomans and learn about educational and vocational training programs.
- Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns
Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act, find training resources for employment, and see if the state’s Client Assistance Program could benefit you.
If you work outside of Oklahoma, contact us so we can refer you to the correct resources.
YOU WORKED HARD, NOW LET US WORK HARD FOR YOU
We know wading through the SSA’s documents and regulations can be frustrating and you may have questions about whether you qualify for SSD, how to apply for SSD benefits, and why your claim was denied. We’re here to answer those questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (405) 610-0704 or fill out our free online consultation form and we’ll get in touch with you.
How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can apply for SSD benefits online, over the phone, or at your local Social Security office. Check out our SSD Claims Process page to learn more about the steps you should take before you apply for benefits and the materials you’ll need to complete your application.
When Should I File My Social Security Disability Claim?
You should file your SSD claim as soon as you become disabled to avoid delaying your benefits. Preparing your application can take time, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) may take weeks—or even months—to make a decision on your claim.If you’re disabled and can no longer work, Colbert Cooper Hill knows you need your SSD benefits to pay your bills now. Our Oklahoma SSD attorneys know how the SSA works, and we can ensure your application is complete, accurate, and has the best possible chances of being approved. We’re available 24/7 to help you file your claim—just call (405) 610-0704 or complete a free online form.
Should I Use An Attorney To File For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Understanding medical evidence requirements, paperwork, and deadlines during the filing process can be confusing, and mistakes or omissions on your SSD application may cause your claim to be delayed or denied. Dealing with the SSA is something we do every day. Whether you’re filing an initial application or you need help preparing an appeal, Colbert Cooper Hill can guide you through the process every step of the way and ensure you take the right steps to get approved. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t owe us any legal fees unless we get benefits for you.
How Long Does It Take To Get Benefits?
The wait time to get SSD benefits can vary based on the details of your claim, the number of claims in the SSA’s backlog, and the accuracy of your initial application.However, there are two SSA programs that allow some applicants to receive faster claims processing:
- Compassionate Allowances
Patients with certain severe medical conditions—including many types of cancers—may fall under the Compassionate Allowances program, which offers expedited claims processing to applicants deemed most in need by the SSA.
- Permanently and Totally (P&T) Disabled Military Service Members
Wounded warriors and veterans deemed 100 percent P&T disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs can have their SSD claims decisions fast tracked by the SSA.
If you aren’t sure if you qualify for one of these programs, contact our legal team today. We can review your claim and give you the information you need to get your benefits as fast as possible.
Can I Work And Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?
Yes. The SSA’s Ticket to Work program allows you to go back to work while you continue receiving SSD benefits. But working may affect the amount of compensation you can get from the SSA. It’s important to talk to an attorney familiar with the facts of your disability claim to determine how going back to work will affect your disability benefits.