Louisiana Social Security disability lawyer, , answers your questions about the disability appeals process
“Why was my application for disability benefits denied?” In my 17 years’ experience representing Louisiana Social Security disability applicants, I have been asked that question many times. It is a difficult question to answer because there are so many possible reasons for the denial of an initial disability application. A more productive question to ask upon receiving a denial letter might be: “What should I do now?” The answer to this question is straightforward: If you have a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working, then you should appeal. Nationally and in Louisiana, the Social Security system favors the persistent. Most initial applications are denied, but more than half of the applicants who take their case to a hearing before an administrative law judge are awarded benefits. A denial letter should not be the final word on your claim.
How does the appeals process work?
There are three ways to appeal a denial of Louisiana Social Security disability benefits: in person, by phone, or online. To appeal in person or by phone, call the Social Security Administration’s toll-free number (800-772-1213) and schedule an appointment. To apply online, go to https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp and follow the directions.
If you are contemplating filing your appeal on your own, you will want to learn as much as possible about the appeals process and the factors the Social Security Administration considers in making a disability determination. The articles and videos on this website are an easy way to get started. You may find the following particularly helpful:
- The Sequential Evaluation Process. This article explains the 5-step process the Social Security Administration uses to make disability determinations, and may offer insight as to why your application was denied.
- Disability Appeals. This series of articles provides an overview of the appeals process.
- Your Disability Hearing. This series of articles focuses on the critical administrative hearing stage of the appeals process.
- Helpful Suggestions for Appealing a Denial of Benefits: My free e-booklet offers practical tips and advice.
- How the Judge Determines Disability, What Not to Do at Your Hearing, How to be Persuasive, and How to Describe Daily Activities: My video library offers practical tips and advice in a visual format.
How can an experienced Louisiana Social Security disability lawyer help my case?
The Social Security rules and regulations are complicated. While it is possible to navigate the appeals process alone, your chances of success will be greater if you rely on an experienced Louisiana disability lawyer to help you present your most persuasive case.
I take a personal interest in all my clients. I offer my help and counsel in the following ways:
- If you are unable to come to my office for an initial consultation, I will come to you, to meet with you in person;
- I will spend the time necessary to help you understand the Louisiana disability appeals process and prepare you for your hearing;
- I will appear with you and represent you at your hearing;
- I will request and develop medical evidence from your doctors, using impairment-specific questionnaires;
- I will see the bigger picture. If needed, I will assist you in accessing free medication and low-income housing programs, and other government assistance programs, such as the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LACHIP) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
How to contact Louisiana Social Security disability lawyer
If your application for Louisiana Social Security disability benefits has been denied, and you would like me to review your claim, please take a moment to complete the Free Claim Evaluation form on the right side of this page. You may also, if you prefer, contact me directly by phone or email.
I wish you success.
Louisiana Social Security disability lawyer
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292