Social Security Disability

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If you have been or will be disabled for more than 1 year due to an illness, injury or other medical condition you may be entitled to receive monthly benefits from the federal government, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Law Office of Steven Brendemuehl handles SSDI and SSI cases for adults and children in all 50 states. With over 35 years of experiencing in pursing SSDI and SSI claims, Mr. Brendemuehl has the experience and will fight to make sure you receive the disability benefits to which you may be entitled.

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If an individual believes they meet these requirements, the process of attempting to claim benefits can begin. There are 5 potential stages to the SSDI application process:

Initial Application Stage

The initial application for SSDI can be submitted by mail, online, over the phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. In this initial stage, your application is reviewed by the SSA with the help of a state Disability Determination Service (DDS). Once a decision is reached, a letter will be sent to you containing the results of your claim.

Due to the overwhelming volume of disability claims in recent years, the denial rate for applications in the initial stage is well over 60%. In addition, it is not uncommon for the SSA or DDS to make errors or lose information during their evaluation. If you believe that the decision of the SSA in the initial stage of application is incorrect, you may move forward into the Reconsideration Stage.

Reconsideration Stage

In the Reconsideration Phase, your disability claim will be reviewed by an SSA representative who was not involved in the initial decision. At this point, any or all parts of the previous decision may be overturned.

Denial rates for claims in Reconsideration approach 85%, however, so if you wish to pursue your claim further you will likely need to escalate the case to the Hearing Stage.

Hearing Stage

In the Hearing Stage, you will be required to go before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to answer questions and present further evidence to support your disability claim. At this point, it is advisable to get representation if you have not already done so, as you may be required to present medical evidence, produce and questions witnesses, and be prepared to answer questions from the Administrative Law Judge.

After the hearing, you will be sent a letter from the SSA containing a copy of the judge’s written decision.

Appeals Council

If you disagree with the judge’s decision after your hearing, you can take you case before the SSA Appeals Council for review.

At this point, the Appeals Council can decline to hear your case, send the case back to an administration law judge for review, or hear and decide your case itself. You will be sent a copy of the Appeals Council’s decision or course of action.

Federal District Court

Should you disagree with the decision of the Appeals Council, the only remaining recourse is to file a lawsuit in Federal District Court.

We’ve represented claimants
in all 50 states

Hiring an Attorney

The SSDI and SSI application and appeals process can be complicated and extremely time consuming. Atempting to apply on your own or appeal a denial without appropriate representation is unwise, can result in longer wait times for a decision, and cripple your chances of success. Having a qualified disability atorney with over 35 years of experience organize your medical records, properly submit paperwork, and prepare for your hearing can make all the difference when it comes to claiming your benefits. Mr. Brendemuehl has a proven track record of delivering successful representation to his clients ensuring they receive the full disability benefits they deserve!

Social Security Disability claims include but are not limited to:

We represent individuals in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.
We represent adults and children claimants.
Unlike other law firms, we will fill out the initial application for you and submit it to the Social Security Administration on your behalf.
Unlike other law firms, we fill out all the paperwork for you at every step of the process and speak to the Social Security Administration on your behalf.
We take on cases even if you’ve you already started the application or appeal process.
We represent claimants whether they are at the initial, reconsideration, or hearing stage.

We represent adults and children nationwide, including Puerto Rico.

If you applying for, or have been denied, Social Security Disability benefits

Contact the Law Offices of Steven Brendemuehl Today!