The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays billions of dollars in disability benefits each year. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are funded through taxes collected while working. If you cannot work because of a disability, you may qualify to receive payments.

Many individuals are initially denied, and the application process can be confusing. With help from an experienced Social Security disability attorney, individuals can get through the claims process and receive the maximum compensation when they are unable to work.

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What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance1 is a government benefits program. It pays benefits to qualifying individuals when they cannot work because of a disability.

To receive Social Security Disability payments, the individual must have worked in jobs that are part of the SSA system. In addition, they must meet the program’s definition of a disability that prevents them from working.

What Are Common Social Security Disability Injuries?

Some common personal injuries that may qualify for SSDI include:

  • Loss of the senses – blindness, hearing loss
  • Back injuries; back pain
  • Chronic disease
  • Immune system problems
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Broken bones and joints
  • Mental health injuries – anxiety, PTSD, depressive disorder, schizophrenia
  • Traumatic brain injury, concussion, other loss of brain function
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cancer, Lymphoma, Leukemia
  • Congenital disorders affecting multiple body systems
  • Loss of use of hands and fine motor control

Our SSD lawyers can manage your case from start to finish. Let us work on your behalf to make your case a success. Contact us today to get started with a free case evaluation.

How Can a Social Security Disability Lawyer Help Me with My Claim?

Am I eligible for social security disability benefits? How do I file a claim? Is there a social security disability attorney near me with experience in this field? When you have questions about your SSDI claim, it’s best to work with an SSD benefits lawyer. An attorney for social security disability can help with your SSD claim by:

  • Determining if you are eligible for SSD benefits
  • Preparing an application
  • Gathering medical evidence and presenting complex medical details
  • Understanding the reasons a claim may be denied
  • Filing a request for reconsideration or appeal
  • Conducting a hearing before an administrative judge

If your initial claim was denied, an attorney can help you file an appeal and ensure you receive the SSD benefits you deserve.

Why Are Some Social Security Disability Claims Denied?

SSD claims often get denied because the application is incomplete. There may not be medical records or sufficient medical examinations. In addition, filing a new application rather than contacting an appeals council may result in an unexpected denial. Many times, the reasons for denied disability claims are avoidable.

What Can I Do if My Social Security Claim Is Denied?

If your claim gets denied, you can file a request for reconsideration with the appeals council. To make your request successful, you should review and understand the reasons for the denial. Additional documents and information may be necessary to answer outstanding questions or refute the reason for rejection.

Be sure to follow the appeals process and meet the deadlines to file your appeal as well as procedural requirements for pursuing your case.

What’s the Difference Between Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation?

Social Security Disability is a government disability insurance program that compensates individuals who cannot work because of a disability.

On the other hand, workers’ compensation provides individuals who get injured on the job with medical care, physical rehabilitation services, and replacement income.

Our disability lawyers can help you evaluate your SSD claim and what to do to receive social security payments. Call or send us a message for a free consultation.

What Types of Disability Benefits Are Available?

There are several types of benefits available in a Social Security Disability claim, including:

  • Disabled Insured Worker’s Claim (DIWC) – Eligibility is based on work credits.
  • Disabled Insured Widow’s/Widower’s Claim (DIWW) – A widow or widower may claim DIWW benefits based on marital status and age or disability within a specific time frame of their spouse’s death.
  • SSDI – Disabled Adult Child (DAC) – An adult child who is unmarried and disabled before age 22 can claim social security benefits from their parents’ contribution record.
  • Supplemental Security Disability Claim (SSDC) – An SSDC claim meets both insurance requirements and SSI means-testing
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Benefits for adults with disabilities and limited income or resources. Recipients may also qualify for Medicaid.
  • Children’s SSI – Cash payments for children with a physical or mental disability whose parents or caregivers have limited resources

Work history is not required for all programs. Our law firm can help you determine what programs you qualify for and how to make a social security disability claim.

Who Is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Eligibility for SS benefits varies from program to program. Qualifications may include:

  • Inability to work based on a disability
  • Work history
  • Needs of a child with a disability
  • Income and resources of a person claiming benefits

Before assuming that you are not eligible for Social Security Disability, we encourage you to discuss your situation with one of our lawyers. Some programs (like SSI or SSDI) do not require a work history or a means-test.

Why Hire an Attorney for Social Security Disability?

Our disability attorneys understand the common reasons that disability claims get denied. We know what steps to take to file an application, ask for reconsideration or pursue an appeal. It’s our goal to make the process as smooth as possible and put you in a position to receive the maximum amount of benefits while you’re unable to work.

Social Security Disability Attorney Near Me

At Bachus & Schanker, it’s our goal to help each person make their disability claim a success. If you’re unable to work, how you go about making your case for benefits is key to getting the payments you deserve and quick compensation.

When you work with our Colorado lawyers, we help you avoid the mistakes that leave so many people frustrated and unable to access the resources they need. We are conveniently located at 5 Colorado locations near you in DenverFort CollinsColorado Springs, Aurora, and Englewood. Our law firm provides professional, experienced legal representation to individuals with various personal claims, including SSDI applications, reconsideration, and appeals.

Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation to learn how we can represent you.


1Social Security Administration (SSA). Disability Benefits. Retrieved 27 January 2022.

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