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Our Firm has Experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys Who Handle Cases Before the Social Security Administration

At The de la Torre Law Office LLC, our law practice has a boutique Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits practice with legal professionals dedicated to Social Security law. When you retain our law firm, you are retaining attorneys who are:

  • Experienced in Social Security law and associated legal theories;
  • Hands-on advocates in gathering medical and other evidence to support your claim;
  • Proficient in preparing pre-hearing memorandums to help ensure that all the key grounds for approving your disability application are provided to the administrative law judge before the hearing;
  • Skilled at cross-examination of medical and vocational experts;
  • Apprised of all rules of evidence and courtroom procedures;
  • Diligent in preparing relevant post-hearing memorandums to address inconsistencies in medical or vocational testimony;
  • Prompt in handling post-hearing evidence;
  • Experienced in handling post-hearing objections and discovery relating to vocational expert testimony;
  • Dedicated to ensuring a clean appellate record to maximize chances of overturning an erroneous administrative law judge denial;
  • Proactive about deadlines and filings;
  • Adept at drafting Social Security appellate briefs; and,
  • Skilled at oral arguments before the district court.

To best serve the needs of our clients, we provide individual attention and be with you at every step of your SSD case, even if it means exhausting all of your administrative remedies before the Agency and then appealing your denial of benefits to the federal district court. Your attorney will keep you informed of the status and progress of your case, advocate on your behalf, and ensure that you are reminded of future appointments and Social Security Administration hearings.

The Four Main Stages in Applying for Disability Benefits

The vast majority of Social Security Disability claims are denied at the initial stage. The chances of receiving Social Security Disability benefits actually improve when you file an appeal. Once you receive a denial, you will need to file for Reconsideration. You claim will be reviewed again. If you obtain another denial notice, then you will have an opportunity to have a hearing with an administrative law judge. If you obtain another denial notice, then you will need to request review by the Appeals Council.

You have legal rights that have critical deadlines associated with each of these stages. Our legal professionals are available to explain your legal rights to you in order to help you weigh your options. The de la Torre Law Office LLC is here to help you every step of the way.

Appealing Unfavorable Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Decisions

Most people do not understand that the majority of Social Security Disability claims are denied by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). If your application for benefits has been denied by the ALJ, you should not allow yourself to feel discouraged or decide to give up pursuing your SSD benefits. The next step in the process is filing an appeal with the Appeals Council. The de la Torre Law Office LLC will strive to overturn Administrative Law Judge decision at the Appeals Council to give you a better chance of obtaining benefits before filing an appeal in federal district court.

Representation Before the SSA’s Appeals Council

After a claimant has been denied SSD benefits by an ALJ, the next step in the appeals process is filing an appeal with the SSA Appeals Council. Filing an appeal with the Appeals Council is the last step in the SSD benefits process within the confines of the Social Security Administration. The Appeals Council appeal must be filed within 65 days of your ALJ unfavorable decision.

If your SSA Appeals Council appeal is unsuccessful, the next step in the process is filing an appeal in federal district court. Fortunately, the federal court system is unbiased toward claimants or the Social Security Administration, and federal court judges review rulings made by the Social Security ALJs carefully. To protect your legal right to file a federal court complaint, you must file your appeal in federal district court within 65 days of your Appeals Council appellate denial.

Challenging Administrative Law Judge Errors

One of the more common approaches for overturning ALJ decisions is reviewing the most current federal court case decisions and rulings. This approach in trial preparation often exposes ALJ errors that we can argue to overturn improper SSD benefit rulings. This approach, along with many other legal strategies, improves the chances of a victorious appeal on your behalf. At The de la Torre Law Office LLC, we work hard to keep up to date on the most recent federal court case decisions and rulings to improve your chances of overturning erroneous ALJ decisions.

Why Choose The de la Torre Law Office LLC

When you choose The de la Torre Law Office LLC for Social Security case, you can be assured that you will be represented by an experienced and knowledgeable disability attorney. Our boutique disability practice handles cases not just at the administrative agency level, but also at the district court level and beyond. Our attorneys are ready to assist individuals as well as attorneys and non-attorney representatives who need an experienced SSD appeals attorney to represent their client’s interests. We are leaders in the Social Security Disability bar, not just staying up to date on the changes in Social Security law, but often presenting at national conferences to help other attorneys do so.

Contact Us for a Consultation

To discuss your disability needs and to answer your legal questions on your rights and options as a claimant, contact the caring and experienced attorneys at The de la Torre Law Office LLC at (866) 205-4014 or through our web contact form below.

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