Why Was I Denied 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 (877) 579-6800 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.