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Loveland Appeals Council Attorneys

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With over three decades of combined legal experience under our belts, we have a thorough understanding of the legal proceedings regarding Social Security Disability (SSD) cases. Our Loveland SSD lawyers have gone through these processes more times than we can count and we know how to maximize your chances at obtaining an approved claim. We will create a comprehensive and persuasive case strategy with you to present to the appealed authorities.

Call (970) 667-2898 for a free case evaluation.

What is the Appeals Council?

If your initial claim and reconsideration claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are denied, the next step would be to hold an ALJ (administrative law judge) hearing. At this hearing, you will present any and all supporting evidence you may have and bring witnesses that testify for your case. If the ALJ does not approve your claim, you can appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council.

If selected, the Appeals Council will provide you with a final case review and they will look at the entirety of the case. However, they may deny a request for review if they feel that the ALJ made the correct decision earlier. If they do decide that your case should be reviewed, they may do it themselves or they may pass it onto another ALJ for further clarification. Regardless of their decision, they will inform you via writing.

Here are the steps of the appeal process:

  • File initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits
  • Go through reconsideration process if denied
  • Have administrative law judge hearing where you present evidence and witnesses
  • Hold Social Security Appeals Council appeal where they do a final review of your case
  • Potentially have your case approved and receive SSD benefits

How We Will Help You

Appealing to the Social Security Appeals Council will require an overwhelming amount of time and effort, should you choose to do it alone. With the help of our Loveland SSD attorneys, you can present a compelling and effective argument for your case. We are well-versed with handling this area of law and we will make the legal process as comfortable and stress-free for you as possible. We know how difficult it can be to manage a disability and legal issues which is why we will take the legal burden off your shoulders while you focus on your other problems.

Contact us today or call (970) 667-2898 for a free consultation.

Recent Testimonials
From Happy Clients

  • The Busch Law Firm was the best choice I could have made.

    “The Busch Law Firm was the best choice I could have made. Brett Busch was a top-notch Attorney and represented me during the three year legal process with Workers comp as well as a personal injury claim. During these three years he guided me through the process to maximize my claim. He kept me well informed and was prompt to return my calls or emails whenever I had a question or concern. Deidra Deery , Brett's Paralegal at the Firm , was more than helpful anytime I needed assistance. As a matter of fact everyone I spoke to at the Busch Law Firm was kind and caring any time I was in contact with. This Law Firm and Brett were always professional and most importantly effective in resolving my legal issues.”

    Dan Marks

  • We value your opinion and your services

    “In response to a thank you note for client referrals, a doctor’s office representative explained why patients are referred to the Busch Law Offices: “We refer because we know you do a good, thorough job. You care about your clients and your [sic] honest. We value your opinion and your services.” ”

    Lori Van Skike, Clinic Administrator, GeneralCare Medical Clinic

  • You were a God send

    “Thanks Brett....what you did for is the last 2 years were a God send and above and beyond your call of duty having to put up with and all my confusion and patience on your end. You and your staff are wonderful people that I believe truly want to help and not just for the money. It feels like I list a friend after closing my case and no more communication. You will always be a good memory. If you treat everyone like you did me you will always be a success. Merry Christmas ”


  • I 100% recommend this firm.

    “Where do I begin? The process is unbelievably long. That said, I can't imagine doing this without legal representation and assistance. I applied for Social Security Disability benefits in July 2009. I was denied by Social Security in October 2009. I immediately filed an appeal online. By the time I heard back from Social Security in December 2010 I had pretty much forgotten about my appeal. My case for appeal was set for June 1, 2011. Social Security said I could represent myself, or obtain a private practice lawyer or a lawyer from a pool of government lawyers in Fort Collins. Needless to say, I was so overwhelmed I was not very optimistic about any option. I procrastinated until March, when I attempted to contact the government agency in Fort Collins. We played phone tag, and I was not impressed. I just happened to see in the Loveland Reporter Herald "Mark Your Calendar" section, that there was a seminar on options for your Social Security appeal. I went, even though I was told the seminar was full, because time was quickly slipping away. Words, though, don't describe my relief to find that the meeting answered all my questions. There was no pressure to sign up with Busch Law Offices. Brett patiently answered every question, and was very kind and empathetic. Because my hearing was quickly coming up, I received an immediate meeting with Brett. Here is the most important thing: I don't look ill or disabled. He took the time to read my medical reports, he asked pertinent questions and he listened. When we agreed to work together, he again patiently and simply explained everything before I signed. There were no surprises. Lynne, his assistant, quickly organized all my medical records. Whenever I called, her calming and cheerful voice eased my mind. If she did not have the answer to questions, she conferred with Brett and always returned phone calls in a very timely manner. Brett sent me to the proper physicians. The day before my hearing, we spent almost three hours going over reports, facts, how to answer questions at the hearing, even how to dress. We were very well prepared. The day of my appeal, Brett calmed me by talking to me about anything but the hearing. It worked. He presented my case simply and efficiently. I was at ease, and we won. On a personal note, Brett is an exceptional young lawyer. Social Security Disability is a very difficult and emotional arena. Brett worked and spoke like a seasoned veteran. As for Lynne, she is simply the best. I 100% recommend this firm.”


  • There really aren’t any words to express how grateful & appreciative I am

    “There really aren’t any words to express how grateful & appreciative I am. You are the proverbial “knight in shining armor” for my son and I. Also, again thank your son for all of his hard work. Best wishes to you and your family. Have a Great New Year. ”