Because of an injury or illness and you can't do any job you have ever done in your life, it makes no sense to you how the Social Security disability bureaucrats could turn you down. You, by the way, are probably right about the Social Security disability denial for folks age 50, 51, 52, 53 and 54 and the bureaucrats are probably wrong. You can get a headache trying to figure out how they could make that mistake. My best guess is your own Social Security disability denial has less to do with you and your case and more how the Administration is run. First, the folk who turned you down come from Disability Determination Services, DDS, which is in the Alabama Department of Education. They forever deny they have any quota on denials but I'm suspicious. Every DDS in the country denies 70% of its applicants give or take a few per cent, It may be a coincidence but is awfully persistent over decades. Second, any bureaucrat is safer saying no than yes. If they say no, the case can be kicked upstairs - which is exactly what we will do. Saying yes to someone who does meet standards by a bosses opinion can get you in trouble. So, your denial is the safe bet for the person who reviewed your case.