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Denied Claims

Denied Social Security Disability Claims

Turn to Our Plano SSD Appeals Attorneys

It is not uncommon for the Social Security Administration to deny disability claims. In fact, most first-time claims are denied. If your Social Security Disability Insurance claim (or Supplemental Security Income claim) has been denied, do not give up hope! A denial does not mean that you will be unable to secure benefits.

It is possible to appeal a denied Social Security disability claim but, in order to do so, you will need the guidance and representation of a skilled and experienced attorney. At Coats & Todd, our Plano Social Security disability appeals attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience. At our firm, we focus exclusively on Social Security disability law and have successfully handled thousands of cases for people navigating difficult SSD issues. We can help you file an appeal and work to obtain your rightful benefits.

Call our office today at (888) 898-9189 or contact us online to get started with a free and confidential consultation.

Why Was My Social Security Disability Claim Denied?

Social Security disability claims are denied for a variety of reasons. It’s important to remember that a denial does not mean that you are not disabled or even that you are not qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In fact, the Social Security Administration denies claims for all sorts of reasons; some statistics show that as many as 67% of first-time claims are denied. The first step in the appeals process, reconsiderations, are denied at an even higher rate of 87%.

But why does the Social Security Administration deny claims so often? If you look at your notice of denial, you should see the reason why your claim was denied listed.

Some common reasons the Social Security Administration denies SSD claims include asserting that:

  • Your injuries do not meet the standard impairment ratings
  • You are still able to work, either in your prior employment or a different form of employment
  • You have not earned enough work credits
  • You have not paid Social Security taxes

Your notice of denial may or may not include a technical rationale outlining the full, detailed reason why your claim was denied. If your notice of denial does not have a technical rationale, request one. This allows you to view the full reason, as stated by the Social Security Administration, as to why your claim was denied.

What to Do If Your SSD Claim Was Denied

It can be disheartening to receive a notice of denial after submitting your Social Security Disability Insurance application. However, it’s important that you know that a denial of your claim is not only not the end of the road, it’s almost expected, given the high rate at which SSDI claims are denied. You still have options if your claim was denied.

After receiving a notice of denial, it’s important that you do the following:

  • Request an appeal right away. There is a 60-day deadline to request your appeal, so do not wait. You can request the appeal by contacting the Social Security office.
  • Determine why your claim was denied. As previously mentioned, the reason for the denial will be listed on your notice of denial.
  • Contact a Social Security disability attorney. Appealing your denied claim is not easy; having an attorney on your side can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

What NOT to do after your claim is denied:

  • Do NOT fail to appeal the denial of your claim
  • Do NOT miss the deadline (60 days) to request an appeal
  • Do NOT file a new claim

Amazingly, many denied Social Security disability claims are never appealed. People often give up hope or believe that filing a new claim is the only option. This is actually a huge mistake. Once you file a new claim, you waive your right to appeal your initial claim. However, appealing your claim denial is the best chance of securing benefits.

How We Can Help

At Coats & Todd, our Plano Social Security disability attorneys are extensively experienced in the SSD appeals process. We can represent you in all types of appeal proceedings, including federal Social Security disability appeals processes. We are focused exclusively on Social Security disability law and, therefore, are able to dedicate all of our time, resources, and skill to helping you navigate the process of obtaining the benefits you need.

For a free and confidential consultation, call us at (888) 898-9189 or contact us online today.


Your Social Security Case Deserves the Best Possible Care & Attention
  • Proven Record of Results

    We have successfully handled thousands of cases in the field of SSDI throughout Texas.

  • Decades of Fighting for Clients

    We have over 60 years of combined experience serving clients in Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claims.

  • Client-First Approach

    We strive to provide our clients with the responsive service, ethical guidance & unwavering dedication they deserve.

  • Compassionate Legal Support

    We understand how devastating a disability can be and take pride in being able to help those who cannot help themselves.

  • Federal Court Experience

    Our firm has performed a substantial amount of federal court work in Texas and throughout the country.

  • Communication You Can Count On

    We do everything we can to keep our clients informed on the status of their cases, every step of the way.

Client testimonials

Stories From People Who Didn't Give Up
  • “Dan was treated with such kindness from the first day he called your office!”

    - Tameka Ramos
  • “From the very moment they took my case, they were compassionate, constantly kept me notified of the process, listened to me when I had concerns and made me feel like more than just client.”

    - Shawn M.
  • “Coats and Todd attorneys go beyond the call of duty. They have the best caseworkers, who are kind, willing to listen when I was in distress. Told me anytime I needed to talk, feel free to call.”

    - George Montgomery
  • “I was dreading the necessity of hiring a lawyer for disability. Choosing Coats & Todd was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Their team was professional, courteous and always helpful.”

    - Leslie Boorman
  • “Contacting Coats and Todd to handle my disability denial was the best decision I could have made. They showed genuine concern, genuine compassion and true professionalism from start to finish.”

    - Virginia

To learn more about how we can help you with your Social Security disability issue, contact us online or call our office to schedule a free, confidential consultation today.