When You Have Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits
Unfortunately if you find yourself injured or seriously ill and unable to work, your monthly bills and daily expenses are not going to stop. But if you’ve been paying into the Social Security system, you are probably counting on those benefits to help cover the costs.
When physical and/or mental health issues keep you from being able to work for at least twelve months you might be eligible to start receiving monthly payments. But in order to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in the state of Colorado you need to have paid enough Social Security taxes to become qualified. If you haven’t paid enough in Social Security taxes to become eligible for SSD benefits, you may be able to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if it’s proven that you have low enough income and assets.
Visit the Social Security Administration website to apply for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income.
When You’ve Been Denied Your Social Security Claim…
You’ve done everything right. You went over all the paperwork with a fine-toothed comb, you have all your medical records in order, and you’ve filled out your application. Now comes the most stressful part – the wait. After a few months the wait is finally over, but it isn’t the news you wanted to hear, you’ve been denied your Social Security benefits.
You’re in good company because getting denied benefits is much more common than you may think. Two-thirds of all applicants will be denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The SSA gives a wide range for why they would deny a SSD or SSI claim including:
- If your injury/illness doesn’t constitute a disability
- If you haven’t paid enough in Social Security taxes
- If you don’t have enough evidence to support your disability claim
Now you’ve been denied benefits, you’re still disabled, and you’re still unable to work – so what can you do?
What Can I Do After Being Denied?
After you’ve been denied you can file an appeal, but even these reconsiderations have an incredibly low approval rate. It can be a long process, so what can you do to give yourself a fighting chance at getting the benefits you desperately need?
While the Social Security system can be confusing and being denied benefits can be incredibly discouraging, being properly prepared for the appeal hearings will give you a better chance at being approved. Getting representation from an experienced Colorado Social Security Disability Lawyer may be your best chance at getting the benefits you deserve.
Although representation by a disability attorney is not required, when you are in serious need of disability benefits, an attorney can expedite the process of getting you approved. It’s a fact — applicants that have a disability attorney are more successful in getting their benefits approved than those who do not.
The Colorado Springs Social Security Attorneys at Heuser & Heuser know what it takes to prove your claim. Their skills in pre-hearing preparation, analysis, and gathering evidence are invaluable when it comes to proving your disability.
Don’t wait to get the help you need after you’ve been denied benefits. Contact us today and let us fight to get you the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.
Social Security Disability Lawyers
When you are no longer able to work due to an injury or serious illness, Social Security Disability Insurance may be your only means of support. But Social Security laws can be complex and confusing, and most applicants are denied the first time they seek benefits.
Your disability is already giving you enough grief. You shouldn’t also be burdened by the overwhelming Social Security system and the lengthy appeal process. Heuser & Heuser has the tools and knowledge to build a successful claim and give you a chance at receiving the benefits you desperately need.
Heuser & Heuser, L.L.P. is one of the premier personal injury law firms in the state of Colorado with offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The Heuser brothers have more than 25 years of legal experience and specialize in practice areas such as auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents and workers compensation. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 719-419-9478 or complete our inquiry contact form.