How You Can Still Win Benefits

    A denial notice from Social Security Disability stands between you and the monthly income and Medicare coverage you need to live an independent life.

    But you can appeal that denial and still win benefits.

    In fact, most people get denied Social Security Disability benefits at the initial or reconsideration level. It’s how the system has worked for years. Appealing is the main way many people eventually get approved.

    The thing is, appealing is not like when you applied for benefits in the first place.

    It is much more complicated and can involve building legal arguments and explaining to a judge how your health problems prevent you from working.

    Greenbaum Breuer & Associates has extensive experience with disability appeals. We also have extensive experience taking disability cases to federal court.

    With Greenbaum Breuer & Associates, you can get the strength of a well-established law firm combined with the personal attention of a hometown firm that cares about you.

    So, if you were denied Social Security Disability benefits, now what? Let us help you keep fighting for your claim for disability benefits—and keep your hope for a more stable financial future alive.

    In New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, “For Generations, We’ve Gone to Greebaum.”

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    What to Expect from the Disability Appeals Process

    As soon as you get your denial letter, a clock starts ticking.

    Move quickly—you only have 60 days to start your appeal.

    Once you file your appeal, it goes through these steps:

    • Reconsideration: When your Social Security Disability claim is denied the first time, you ask for a new opinion from the Social Security Administration (SSA), which comes from a different person than whoever reviewed your initial application.
    • Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing: If you are denied on Reconsideration, you can ask for a hearing with an ALJ. This is an important moment. It’s your main chance to tell a decision-maker at the SSA why you need benefits. This is the step when many people are awarded benefits.
    • Appeals Council review: If you were denied Social Security Disability after your hearing, you can request a review of the judge’s decision.
    • Federal Court: When you have exhausted all your appeals within the SSA, you can sue in federal court. For this, you need a disability attorney experienced in these kinds of cases, like the ones at Greenbaum Breuer & Associates.

    If you wonder what your chances are with a disability appeal, ask us.

    It costs you nothing for one of our lawyers to look at your claim and give you an idea what to expect. And you pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.

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    Make Sure Your Law Firm Does All This for You

    A disability appeal is not the time to take chances with a law firm that is not committed to you. Your financial future is too important.

    Some law firms treat your case like a number.

    Find a disability lawyer who does all this:

    • Meets with you to help you prepare for your hearing, multiple times if needed. Some lawyers only show up at the end.
    • Knows the local disability system and judges in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. An out-of-town or national firm may not be familiar with the people who decide your case. It makes a difference to have someone local.
    • Takes on the legwork to fight for your disability claim all the way. Writing legal briefs for a disability court appeal is not the most cost-efficient job for a law firm, so some avoid helping at this step. The lawyers at Greenbaum Breuer & Associates, however, consider this their calling. They put in the time and the work because they know you need these benefits.

    Another reason to get a disability attorney for your appeal: A report from the US Government Accountability Office found that people were almost three times more likely to be awarded benefits by disability judges when they had a representative with them at their hearings.

    When you are struggling with your health, you cannot work, you have lost your income, and now the SSA is denying your disability benefits, you need and deserve someone who really fights for you.

    That is Greenbaum Breuer & Associates.

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    Questions about Social Security Disability?

    You are going through one of the hardest times in your life, and you have a lot of questions. As a resource for you, here are answers to some of the most common disability questions:

    Disability FAQs