Social Security Disability (SSD) provides benefits to eligible individuals who are unable to work. To qualify for these benefits, a person must submit medical proof of a disabling condition that has (or is expected to last) more than 12 months or result in death.
More than half of all initial Social Security Disability applicants in Louisiana are denied, including many who actually qualify for benefits. Denials typically are caused by incorrect or inaccurate paperwork, missing a filing deadline or failing to get appropriate medical proof of a person’s condition.
We realize that the SSD process is complex and confusing. As your attorneys we will simplify the process and make sure it is done right the first time.
Our lawyers can assist you whether you need help filing an initial application or were previously denied. Please schedule a free initial consultation today by contacting our Opelousas law firm online or by calling 337-948-9066.
What If My Claim Was Denied?
The experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at DeJean & Leger, LLC, handle all aspects of the SSD appeals process. In fact, many of our clients are those who unsuccessfully filed an application on their own and need help obtaining the benefits to which they are entitled.
The Social Security Disability appeals process is as follows:
- Reconsideration: Someone who did not take part in the initial denial will conduct a complete review of your submission, including any new evidence we wish to submit.
- Administrative law judge hearing: If reconsideration is unsuccessful, you can have an administrative law judge review your claim. He or she may ask questions of you and witnesses and review all evidence you wish to submit.
- Appeals Council review: The Social Security Appeals Council accepts requests to review an administrative law judge’s ruling. It has the right to deny review if it feels the hearing result was correct, so it is important to have an attorney help you structure strong arguments and frame evidence correctly.
- Federal Court review: The final step is to have your case reviewed at Federal Court.
Contact An Opelousas Social Security Disability Attorney
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