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    Do You Still Want a Chance to Get Social Security Disability?

    It hurts to get denied Social Security Disability benefits.

    Benefits are a lifeline when you can’t work because of bad health. Monthly checks and Medicare or Medicaid health care can save you from financial disaster.

    These benefits let you focus on your own well-being. You can stop depending on family. You can get back up from a tough time in your life.

    The thing is, most people are denied.

    Now you need to focus on appealing.


    Appealing is often your best chance of winning the benefits you are qualified to receive when health problems stop you from working (and you’re not ready to retire).

    A special kind of lawyer helps you appeal your Social Security Disability denial. Call the disability lawyers at Empower Disability.

    Here, you can find local Louisiana lawyers who treat your situation with respect and dignity. With big out-of-state firms, you might not meet your lawyer until right before your hearing with a disability.

    The reason we’re here is to empower you. We’ve helped thousands of people.

    From offices in Metairie, our disability attorneys help people in Kenner, New Orleans, Chalmette, Gretna, Marrero, Houma, the Northshore, Hammond, and anywhere in the New Orleans area and around Louisiana.

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    What You Need to Appeal a Social Security Disability Denial

    Fighting a denial of Social Security Disability benefits is more complicated than filing your application in the first place.

    Appeals often take months or longer. It’s like solving a puzzle. You want to submit everything correctly.

    These ingredients go into a Social Security Disability appeal:

    • Speed: You have 60 days from when you received your denial.
    • Medical Updates: You’ll send Social Security the latest on your medical condition.
    • Identifying Errors from Social Security: You need to show why the decision to deny your benefits was wrong. We often find wrong information that Social Security copied into your file, and we can explain those errors in your appeal.
    • Building a Legal Strategy: You have to fill out many forms yet again. But because you’re now fighting a decision from Social Security, you need legal arguments, too, not just information.
    • Preparation for a Hearing: A key moment in many disability appeals is when you speak to a Social Security Disability administrative law judge. You need to be ready to testify and answer questions.

    For many parts of the appeals process, we believe it’s best for you to work with a disability attorney.

    For example, an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer knows how to spot the errors in your Social Security file.

    Don’t spend time and energy trying to figure this out on your own.

    At Empower Disability, our disability lawyers know what information is and is not important to your appeal.

    And you will pay no attorney fee until you win benefits. You can start with a consultation that costs you nothing.

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    Steps to a Disability Appeal for People from Metairie to Houma and All Over the New Orleans Area

    Steps to a Disability Appeal for People from Metairie to Houma and All Over the New Orleans Area

    Like we said, most people get denied. It’s almost a normal part of the process.

    The good news is that you have several chances to appeal Social Security’s decision.

    These are the levels of appeal:

    • Reconsideration. Your first step is asking Social Security to reconsider. A different reviewer will give your application another look.
    • Disability Hearing. Next, you can take your appeal to a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge. This is one of the most important moments in your case. You get a chance to explain, personally, why you need benefits.
    • Appeals Council Review. If you disagree with the disability judge’s decision, you can ask a Social Security group called the Appeals Council to review it.
    • Federal Court Review. Finally, you can leave Social Security’s process and sue the Social Security Administration (SSA) in federal court. You need a lawyer to do this.

    This appeals process can take a long time.

    But know this: if you stick with it and win in the end, you will be awarded back pay for all the months you were waiting on a decision.

    Having a lawyer by your side makes the process easier for you. One government study found that people who had representatives in their disability hearings were almost three times more likely to be awarded benefits.

    Getting denied is painful. Waiting for an appeals decision is painful. But being awarded benefits, in the end, changes your life for the better.

    It’s best to get started as fast as you can.

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    Empower Disability Helps from Beginning to End

    Are you just starting to look into disability benefits? Do you need to file an application? Have you already filed and been denied? No matter where you are, Empower Disability can help.

    Visit our FAQs to learn more about SSI Benefits and how our social security disability attorneys can help.

    Get Answers to Your Disability Benefits Questions

    The Social Security Disability system can seem cold, complicated and uncaring. You’ll have a lot of questions but not always fast answers. At Empower Disability, taking care of you is our mission. We’ve prepared answers to some of the most frequent disability benefits questions.

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    What Are Empower Disability Clients Saying?

    “My Social Security Disability claim was turned down, so I looked up lawyers in the area who could help me appeal the decision . . . They have a Social Security team that was able to get me through the Social Security process with a successful appeal. Ultimately, I was awarded benefits.”

    LAITH SADLER in Google Reviews