What A Disability Attorney Can Do

Dealing With Denial

A denial of Social Security benefits is not hopeless. A great majority of Social Security Disability applications are denied on the first submission, and quite a few are denied on a second or third application.

Often, a denial results after an application was submitted in which the full impact of a disability was not included or explained in terms that the Social Security reviewers understood. Certain medical information is expected, but if you aren't a doctor, you likely won't know what terms the Social Security Administration looks for. In other situations, it may not have received responses that it expected, even if you mailed them.

We Help You Get The Benefits You Deserve

At Brandau & Waltz Law Offices, LLP, attorney Peter T. Waltz helps people appeal denials of Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Attorney Waltz has decades of experience appealing Social Security Administration decisions. He intimately understands the process and what it takes to explain the disability in terms that administrative reviewers understand and accept. He has also helped many people obtain supplemental benefits, which are based on income.

You have a right to have an attorney help you get the disability benefits that you deserve. You will never have to pay out of your own pocket for our firm's services. All attorney fees are contingent on your claim being approved and paid out of the past amount due that you did not receive due to the denial. Essentially, you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm and learning your options.

Social Security Appeals

If the Social Security Administration denies your benefits claim, you have a right to appeal the determination.

An appeal of the Social Security Administration's determination must be filed within 60 days of the date on the letter informing you that you were denied. If you do not appeal the determination within 60 days, you will likely lose your right to appeal.

Types Of Appeals

There are four levels of appeals available depending on the issue being appealed.

  • Reconsideration is the first level of appeal.
  • If you are not satisfied with the decision of a reconsideration, an appeal can then be filed with the administrative court and heard before an administrative law judge.
  • If the administrative law judge does not decide your appeal favorably, then the appeal can be taken to the Appeals Council for review.
  • If the Appeals Council does not reverse the Social Security Administration's determination, an appeal can then be brought to a federal court.

Your Lawyer Throughout The Appeal Process

You have a right to have an attorney represent you during your appeal, and you should do so because the entire appeal process is very complex. Given the limited time, you will likely not be able to research and acquire the knowledge and information necessary to present a valid appeal that will result in a reversal of the denial. While no guarantees can ever be made, one of the benefits of hiring attorney Waltz to represent you on appeal is that he has decades of experience filing and winning appeals for people who were previously denied benefits. He is also very familiar with all of the procedures to handle an appeal. And he is very knowledgeable of what the administration wants to see and can readily advise you if he sees the reason that it denied your claim.

For more information, contact our La Crosse law office and speak with attorney Waltz by calling 608-784-2050 or send an email by completing our online contact form.