Why Was My Initial Claim Denied?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict rules about the information that must be included on a benefits claim.

If your claim does not conform to these rules in every detail, your claim will be denied. Your best bet is to work with an experienced lawyer who can present an error-free claim to SSA and make a persuasive case on your behalf.

Chihak & Associates can help you prepare your claim or appeal a denied claim.


Joanne filed a claim for SSDI on April 11, 2014. Joanne’s claim was initially denied initially on August 20, 2014, and again upon reconsideration on October 24, 201. Joanne appeared at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Seattle, Washington on September 22, 2015. Joanne was represented by John Chihak. A vocational expert appeared… Read more »