Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are intended for disabled Texans who can no longer work or make a living due to their disability. You would think that securing these benefits would be a simple process, but unfortunately many disabled Texans are denied benefits when they first apply. In fact, more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, which can be devastating for a family just trying to make ends meet.

The reasons for these denials are many, but the most common has to do with the definition of disability, or more specifically, what qualifies you as disabled. According to the Social Security Administration, you only qualify for benefits if your injuries or disability keep you from doing any type of work, not just the work you did before. For example, if you are a construction worker who is now unable to work in the construction industry due to your condition, you only qualify for benefits if you can’t do any other type of job, such as a cashier at a grocery store or clerical work in an office.

Proving that level of disability on your own can be difficult, which is why an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the SSD application process may be able to help give you the best chance of securing benefits. If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, consider consulting an attorney about your rights.