Social Security Disability Appeals Nationwide
For Another Chance at Disability Benefits, Work with an Appeals Leader
Because your health is bad and you can’t work, you were counting on monthly checks from Social Security Disability to get by. Then you got a denial notice.
But it isn’t the end.
Most people get denied when they first apply. For those who persist, many win benefits—and get stability back in their lives—by appealing their Social Security Disability case.
IMPORTANT! When you get a denial letter, you’ve got a 60-day deadline to start your appeal.
Appeals are complicated, so don’t leave anything to chance. Get a lawyer from Olinsky Law Group—a national leader in Social Security Disability appeals. When it’s time to take an appeal to Federal Court, many attorneys and non-attorney representatives refer their clients to Olinsky Law Group.
Where Are You in the Appeals Process?
In most states, there are four levels of Social Security Disability appeals:
- Reconsideration: In this stage, an attorney from Olinsky Law Group can help you request a new opinion from someone at Social Security who wasn’t involved in your first denial. An attorney can also help you submit new evidence.
- Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing: Next, you meet with a Social Security administrative law judge to explain why you need benefits. Olinsky Law Group attorneys prepare you for this hearing and question you and the expert witnesses that Social Security may bring. It’s a crucial moment because it might be your only chance to meet in person with a decision maker in your case.
- Appeals Council Review: This is where other attorneys and non-attorney reps less focused on appeals begin sending their clients to Olinsky Law Group. Appealing hearing denials is what we do. When others suggest you reapply, we appeal. We will file a brief outlining the ALJs errors to the Appeals Council—to overturn the ALJ’s denial of your benefits and get a new hearing.
- Federal Court Appeal: If you still get denied after all the previous levels, you can file a lawsuit against Social Security in Federal District Court. Olinsky Law Group is one of the largest filers of Social Security Disability cases in the Federal Court system. We take hundreds of cases to Federal Court each year. At this stage, you must have an attorney admitted to practice law in Federal Court. It’s rare but possible for a disability case to reach the Circuit Court of Appeals and then the United States Supreme Court. Olinsky Law Group has filed numerous cases in the Federal Circuit Courts and one case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Why Should You Take Your Case to Federal Court?
Appealing to Federal Court keeps your case alive after you’ve gone through all your other options.
A Federal Court appeal preserves your original application date, which by now is probably years ago.
When you’re ultimately awarded benefits, Social Security uses your original application date to calculate the amount of back benefits you may be entitled to receive.
When you reapply for benefits, the application date resets to the new application date. And you pass up what could be a substantial amount of back pay.
Your decision on appealing to Federal Court or reapplying, however, depends on the specifics of your particular case. Reapplying may be a good option, for example, if your medical conditions have worsened, or you’ve developed new medical conditions.
You might need help from an experienced lawyer to determine your best course. With federal appeals help from Olinsky Law Group, you can make sure you get the maximum benefits available.
What Does a Lawyer Do for You?
Social Security Disability appeals require a lot of time, hard work and attention to detail. It’s possible to start an appeal without a lawyer, but we don’t recommend it. Whether you work with Olinsky Law Group or someone else, get a lawyer when you need to appeal.
A lawyer can handle all of this legwork:
- Analyzing all the forms, records and evidence that are in your Social Security file
- Gathering the evidence you need from doctors and other healthcare providers
- Developing a strategy for your claim
- Preparing the arguments for why you need disability benefits
- Getting you ready to testify before an administrative law judge
- Cross-examining medical and job experts that Social Security calls to your hearing
- Filing your case for Appeals Council review
- Filing your case for Federal Court review
You can get denied Social Security Disability benefits for many reasons. Maybe Social Security was missing some of your records. Maybe you had a mistake in your application. Maybe the government decided your health problems aren’t severe enough to prevent you from working.
But if you have a lawyer who can stay with your case through every level of appeal, you can build a stronger case and finally get Social Security to grant you much needed financial relief.
Work with a leader in appeals, going all the way to Federal Court—Olinsky Law Group.