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Your Social Security Claim Was Denied. Now What?

If your initial application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, do not worry. There are many other steps you can take to get your application approved. With the help of our Loveland SSD attorneys at Busch Law Offices, you can develop a comprehensive case strategy to maximize your chance of obtaining a favorable outcome. We will work with you every step of the way to help you get the benefits you need.

Call (970) 667-2898 for a free consultation today and find out if you are eligible for benefits.

The Next Steps In the Process

After your initial claim for SSD benefits is declined, your application will be sent into the Social Security Administration’s system a second time for reconsideration. This is exclusive to Colorado and several other states. You will not have to ask for your application to be reconsidered, it is done automatically. However, if your claim is denied again, then you will have to start making moves.

If the reconsideration process did not approve your claim, then you will have to request a hearing by an administrative law judge (ALJ). You need to ask for the ALJ hearing in writing and you have 60 days after your reconsideration denial to submit the request. With over three decades of combined legal experience, our Loveland SSD attorneys know how to manage your case and increase the odds of having your hearing request approved.

If your request is approved, you will have a hearing like most others. You and the Social Security Administration (SSA) representative will present evidence and witness testimony, and cross-examine each other. Your legal representation will also have the option to cross-examine witnesses brought in by the SSA to testify against you. We have extensive experience in this field of law and have handled countless SSD cases. We are persuasive negotiators and aggressive litigators; let us fight for you.

In the unfortunate case that your claim is denied at the ALJ hearing, you will have the option to request a case review from the Appeals Council. If they accept the request, they will conduct a comprehensive and final review of all aspects of your case. If the final review results in the denial of your claim, you can seek civil action in Federal Court. Our Loveland SSD Lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of all legal processes for SSD claims and we will work around the clock to help you get the financial resources you need.

Here are the steps, simplified:

  • Initial claim submission
  • If denied, you can request reconsideration
  • If denied, request an ALJ hearing
  • If request is approved, have the ALJ hearing
  • If denied in the ALJ hearing, submit a request to Appeals Council
  • If the request is approved, the Appeals Council will review your case
  • If denied, you can file a civil action in Federal Court

Contact us today to see if you are eligible for SSD benefits and get legal help or advice.

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    “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.”

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    “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.”