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Social Security Disability Benefits Denied? Don't Give Up.

If your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, you are not alone.

Between 1996 and 2008, an average of 31 percent of applicants had their benefits approved at the initial application stage. That means nearly 70 percent of applicants have their applications denied or left pending.

If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, you still have options. The Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., can help. Our Social Security Disability attorney will review your case and prepare it for the reconsideration and appeal process.

The Appeals Process

After your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been denied, you can pursue four levels of appeal:

  • Reconsideration by the state department of disability services
  • Hearing by an administrative law judge
  • Review by the appeals council
  • Federal court review

Our attorneys will work with your medical provider to make sure those making a decision on your case have the information they need to make a fair judgment.

Don't delay. You could lose your chance to secure disability benefits. After a denial at any level of the application and appeals process, you only have 60 days to file an appeal.

To arrange a free initial consultation, please contact our law firm. Call toll free
From offices in Council Bluffs, our lawyers represent people in southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska who have become disabled by injury or disease and are no longer able to work at any job.