Apply for Social Security Disability in Charleston - How to Know if You're "Disabled"

Whether Social Security considers you “disabled” is determined by your inability to work. The agency considers you disabled under its rules if:

  •  You cannot do the work you did before;
  •  They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  •  Your disability has lasted or is likely to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Social Security pays only for total disability, not a partial disability. 

Why do many people consider applying for benefits difficult?

Many people believe that if they simply explain their situation to Social Security, someone will understand and award them disability benefits.  Unfortunately, that’s not the way Social Security works.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complicated legal process.  You must prove you are “disabled” according to the Social Security Disability Program (SSDP) legal definition.

Why are most people who apply for benefits denied?

The Social Security disability system involves thousands of rules, regulations, and procedures.  You can be denied benefits if your doctor doesn’t know the legal definition of disability, or if a Social Security employee fails to obtain medical evidence on your behalf.  You can also lose your case if an appeal is handled improperly. 

How likely are you to win benefits?

At The Law Offices of Robertson Wendt, we offer a free evaluation of your disability case.  Contact us today to learn more.


Well if you hire our firm to handle your Social Security Disability claim, we won't charge you a fee up front. Our fees are governed by regulation and we're paid a percentage of retroactive benefits only if we are able to get the claim approved. We also charge for expenses.

And some people ask the question, "Well gosh, those expenses could be high, how much money would that cost?"

Expenses are very limited in Social Security Disability claims. Unlike regular litigation, where you have depositions and lots of experts and so forth, generally our expenses are for getting copies of updated medical records, getting your treating doctor to complete a form or to write a letter. So in most cases, the expenses are well under $500, or sometimes more.

But we don't charge these expenses unless we win the case, and we would bill the client at the end of the case after they've been paid their back benefits.