Denver Attorney Helps You Get the Social Security Disability Benefits You Deserve
Seasoned counsel for clients seeking benefits in Colorado and Nebraska
If you are disabled, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two types of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), available to those who have worked long enough and had Social Security taxes withheld from their paychecks, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is based only on financial need, so it’s your income rather than your work history that matters. We understand how vital these benefits are, which is why we work tirelessly to guide you through the application and appeal processes to get the payments you need. Whether you’re filing an application for SSDI or SSI or seeking to appeal an unjust decision, we provide you with high-quality legal service at each stage of your claim.
Preparing your Social Security Disability Insurance claim for review
Since more than half of all initial SSDI claims are denied, it is vital that you file your application carefully and accurately. We can help you fill out your application to ensure all required information is included and correct, vastly improving your chances of obtaining benefits. Additionally, we can review your medical and work history to determine the probability of your claim being approved. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies applications for a variety of reasons:
- Your work history is insufficient to qualify — To be eligible for SSDI, you must have worked continuously for a certain amount of time before becoming disabled. You may be eligible for SSI, however, which is a need-based program.
- You earn too much — For 2017, the “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) limit per month is $1,170. If you make more than this amount, you may be ineligible for SSDI benefits.
- Your disability isn’t severe enough — To meet the SSA’s definition of “disability,” your disability must be severe enough to prevent you from doing gainful activity, expected to last for a continuous period of at least a year, be permanent, or expected to result in your death.
- You are uncooperative — After you file your claim, you must cooperate with the SSA. If you fail to provide access to your medical records or other relevant information, your application may be denied.
- Alcohol or drugs contributed to your condition — Your application may be denied if the SSA determines that drugs and/or alcohol played some part in causing your disability AND that by quitting drugs and alcohol, your condition would improve.
Navigating the Social Security Disability process can be a complex and frustrating experience without skilled legal help. We will guide you through each step to maximize your chances of getting the benefits you need.
Filing an appeal
If your initial application for SSDI benefits is denied, you still have the option of filing an appeal. For clients in Nebraska, we can assess your case and help you file a request for reconsideration so that your claim can be re-evaluated by a new examiner and medical consultant. If your application is still rejected, we can present your case in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. In Colorado, however, the reconsideration phase has been eliminated, so your appeal begins with a request for a hearing. If you’ve exhausted all options, we can help you file a claim with the Appeals Council and even file a lawsuit against the SSA if your claim was denied unjustly or because of legal mistakes.
Contact an accomplished Social Security Disability attorney in Colorado today
The Western Disability Group provides skilled representation for clients seeking SSDI or SSI benefits in Colorado or Nebraska. Please call 866-223-7149 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation with an attorney at our Denver office.