Newark Area SSD Appeals Lawyers

Disability Claim Denied? Do Not Lose Hope.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies about two-thirds of initial Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) applications. This does not mean that you cannot get benefits or that you are somehow not disabled. Realistically, though, it does mean that it will take more time to get your benefits, because your application will need to be appealed.

At Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, we represent clients in Livingston, Newark, Essex County and across New Jersey who have had their SSD applications denied. We know that the prospect of a lengthy legal process can be frustrating when you are disabled and cannot work. Our goal is to make the process as smooth and possible and make the timeline as short as it can be.

For more information on SSD benefits, schedule an initial consultation with our Newark Area SSD appeals attorneys. Call 973-535-3388 or contact our law firm online. No recovery, no fee.

Why Was Your Claim Denied?

The SSA denies most disability applications based on their view that the applicant failed to prove that he or she is "totally disabled" and "unable to be gainfully employed." This does not mean that they disregard your medical diagnosis; it just means that your claim did not meet that legal standard. As SSD appeal attorneys, our job is to gather the evidence the SSA needs to see and present it accurately.

Understanding the Disability Appeals Process

After an initial SSD claim is denied, the appeals process begins. There are four possible levels of review, but the vast majority of our claims are approved well before the final stages.

  • Reconsideration: At this first level of appeal, we ask the SSA to take a second look at your application. This request must be made within 60 days of the denial.
  • ALJ hearing: If reconsideration is denied, the next step is to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). This is the only time you will get to meet face to face with someone who has the power to accept or reject your claim. Our attorneys will thoroughly prepare all aspects of your case for this hearing, including getting you ready to testify. It can be more than a year before the hearing takes place, so it is important to apply for benefits as soon as possible.
  • Appeals Council: If the ALJ denies your claim, the next step is to file an appeal with the Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia. This is an entirely written appeal; you will not have to go to Virginia. Our legal team will write the appeal in an effort to show why the ALJ made the wrong decision.
  • Federal court: If the Appeals Council denies your claim, the last option is to file a case in federal district court. Most claims are approved without the need to go this far, but we have the ability to do so if your case warrants it.

Unlike some firms, Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, will take your claim all the way to the end if we need to. We are passionate about helping disabled people get the benefits they need, and we work hard to obtain those benefits for our clients.

Contact Our Livingston Lawyers for Help With Denied Social Security Disability Claims

If your SSD application was denied, do not lose hope. Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, can help appeal the decision. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call 973-535-3388 or contact our law firm online.

We take all disability cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay any attorney's fees unless we obtain benefits for you.