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Has your Social Security Disability claim been denied? You should contact a Social Security Disability (SSDI) lawyer to assist you with your appeal. The experienced Pennsylvania Social Security Disability attorney team at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC represents clients with disability claims in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Carlisle, York, Hanover, and neighboring Pennsylvania communities.

Since 1922, our firm has established a reputation of excellence, winning millions on behalf of our clients. We are one of the largest firms in the area, able to take on even the most complex cases with extensive resources and decades of collective experience.

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How You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits are paid to those unable to work due to poor health or injury.

The disability in question must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • It must be expected to last a minimum of one year.
  • It must be expected to result in death.

At least one of these must be in place in order to qualify. Disabled individuals are also required to provide medical proof of the disability. If your claim has been denied, do not give up hope. We can help clients appeal claims that have been initially denied.

Why Your SSDI Claim Was Denied

Statistically speaking, social security disability claims are denied more often than they’re accepted. Around 65% (or 2 out of 3) claims are rejected on a first attempt, with an 85% rejection rate on appeal. That’s why injured people turn to Social Security Disability lawyers after their initial rejection—our insight and experience help prepare your case and maximize its odds of winning. Below are the most common reasons claims are denied. Many of these grounds for rejection may not sound like they apply to your case—but your daily life and what the SSA interprets from your claim’s documents can be two very different situations.

You’re Capable of Making Too Much Money

The SSA uses a standard called “Substantial Gainful Activity” to gauge whether you truly have a disability. For people who aren’t blind, the most they must be capable of earning (or can earn while injured) is $1,170 a month. If the SSA believes you are capable of making more than this amount, your claim will be rejected. The only exception is if you’re earning income during a "trial work period." The SSA allows you to earn an income and receive disability payments at the same time for short period of time. This is to encourage beneficiaries to try working temporarily to see if they’re capable of it.

You Didn’t Listen to the Doctor’s Orders

When your physician prescribes therapies or treatments, you’ll need to follow every instruction they give you. Otherwise, the SSA will argue that your disability wasn’t from the injury itself, but from choosing not to listen to your doctor's treatment plan.

The only exceptions to that rule are:

  • You/your loved one has a severe mental disability
  • You were unable to get necessary assistance to go
  • You were not prescribed an appropriate therapy
  • You couldn’t afford your prescribed therapy

A Social Security Disability attorney would be able to gather documentation to counter claims that you didn’t listen to your doctor, primarily by demonstrating how the above exceptions apply to your case.

You Lacked the Sufficient Treatment Records

This is more common for people living with non-physical disabilities. For instance, people with severe anxiety or depression might receive a prescription for antidepressants, but if a follow-up with a psychologist wasn’t reported, then the SSA may believe the prescription was all that was necessary. Attorneys can fix this issue by providing documentation of your mental health treatments.

Your Disability Is Linked to a Criminal Conviction

If you’re in prison or worsened your injury while in prison, that’s the most likely reason your benefits were denied. While you unlikely were injured while committing a felony, the SSA does note that any injuries that resulted from committing a crime are not eligible.

How Disability Attorneys Can Help Your SSDI Case

While people have to live with the reality of their injuries on a day-to-day basis, the Social Security Administration uses strict rules and tables to standardize who gets benefits and who doesn’t. In order to ensure a successful claim, you have to learn how to speak the language of the SSA regulations—how to navigate their increasingly complex set of requirement and translate your daily life into a legal case. That’s precisely what a Social Security Disability attorney does.

We can do the following to maximize the odds your case will be approved on appeal:

  • Gather sufficient medical documentation
  • File the appropriate forms prior to the hearing
  • Develop the best strategy for handling your case
  • Gather expert testimony on your functional limits
  • Schedule the exams you’ll need to undergo
  • Prepare you for your appeal hearing

The first thing an attorney can do for you is give you realistic expectations. Years of experience teach attorneys how to gauge the odds of success. After a consultation, we'll be able to tell you if pursuing an appeal is right for you—which saves time and trouble.

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We assist clients who are no longer able to work due to serious injuries and have 100+ years of combined experience representing thousands of injured clients in Pennsylvania. Let us handle your case so you can receive the compensation you deserve.

For more information in a free consult, call (888) 498-3023 to contact Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC. Our firm would be proud to assist you in claiming the financial support that's rightfully yours.

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Social Security Disability

What You Need to Know

Qualifications for Social Security:
  • Physical or Mental Condition

  • Victim Is Under the Age of 65

  • Condition Is Expected to Last 12 Months

  • 20 Social Security Credits Over Last 10 Years

Damages You May Claim:
  • Medical Expenses

  • Lost Income

  • Bad Faith Practices

  • Punitive Damages

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Managing Partner at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, David H Rosenberg is a dedicated legal professional who brings years of invaluable experience to our firm. He represents seriously injured individuals and their family members in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Meet David H Rosenberg
Matthew P. Rosenberg


Matthew P. Rosenberg is a Partner at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg who contributes unrelenting passion for his clients and fearlessness when it comes to taking on big insurance companies and powerful employers. His primary areas of practice are motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death. Meet Matthew P. Rosenberg
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As a Partner at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg, Attorney Crosby brings to the firm a meticulous approach to personal injury law – one obtained over more than 20 years in practice, and one diligently taught as a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Meet Matthew S. Crosby
Carolyn Anner


Attorney Anner is a Partner at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg who contributes fresh and valuable knowledge from her past education in nursing and business school. Attorney Anner’s primary areas of focus include Social Security disability and worker’s compensation. Meet Carolyn Anner
Adam G. Reedy


Attorney Reedy is a distinguished worker’s compensation attorney fighting for the rights of those injured on the job. He also contributes outstanding work in the representation of victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Meet Adam G. Reedy
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Attorney Spears brings more than 15 years of legal experience to the firm and to each and every one of the plaintiffs he represents. As a devoted advocate for the wrongfully injured, Attorney Spears primarily handles cases involved with negligence, motor vehicle accidents, and defective medical devices. Meet Andrew C. Spears
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Attorney Lutz’s decorated legal career is fueled by his Pennsylvania nativity and passion in fighting for the residents of his state when wrongfully injured. He has published several books on auto accident law and in his career has won millions of dollars for several individual plaintiffs. Meet David L. Lutz
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Attorney Watson is a key team member at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg contributing invaluable past knowledges pertaining to the inner workings of insurance companies. He now uses this to successfully represent his clients in worker’s compensation, car accidents, and premises liability cases. Meet J. Jeffrey Watson
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Attorney Marzzacco has been individually recognized for her achievement in worker’s compensation law, but now focuses her efforts toward defending the victims of big pharmaceuticals who have wrongfully been injured and even killed from bad prescription drugs and dangerous medical devices. Meet Jordan Marzzacco
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Attorney Wartman has worked at our firm since law school, where he initially demonstrated his passion for representing victims of bad pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Since stepping through our doors, he has done nothing but fight vigorously for victims of these injustices. Meet Jordan Wartman
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Attorney Held has over 20 years of legal experience fueling the work he provides for victims of negligence and wrong-doing. His areas of practice include workplace injuries, nursing home abuse, defective products, car accidents, and premises liability. Meet Stephen G. Held
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