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Denied Social Security or Diability Claims

Has Your Social Security Disability Claim Been Denied?

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) claims are denied for a variety of reasons. The vast majority of claims filed by individuals are initially turned down. If you have been turned down for SSDI benefits, you should contact the experienced South Dakota attorneys at the Helsper, McCarty, and Rasmussen Law Firm.

Protecting Your Rights With A Lawyer

While your claim may have been initially denied, this does not mean that you are not truly disabled. However, you should certainly hire an attorney experienced in appealing disability claims denied by the Social Security Administration. We will take the time to explain your rights and the benefits approval process.

Why Are Claims Denied?

Some of the reasons your initial claim may have been denied:

  • Insufficient medical records
  • Incomplete applications
  • Insufficient support from qualified physicians
  • Conflicting expert opinions on whether you are able to work
  • Errors in applying the law to your claim

When the attorneys at the Helsper, McCarty, and Rasmussen Law Firm take a case, we start from the beginning to ensure that your condition is well documented. If necessary, we will seek additional medical opinions to attest that your condition amounts to total disability of at least 12 months (or permanently disabling).

The Process

  • Initial Application — Many clients try submitting their own claim. Some are successful, but most are not. If an attorney helps with your initial claim, you are more likely (but not guaranteed) to be approved.

  • Reconsideration — If you are turned down, a Reconsideration application is submitted to the Social Security Administration. A staff member will review your new claim and approve or deny benefits.

  • Appeal — If you are denied again at reconsideration, or if you believe you should qualify for a higher level of benefits, you can appeal for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. We will help you prepare for the hearing and be at your side during the proceeding. The judge will decide whether to overturn the SSA's denial or uphold the decision.

  • Litigation — If you are denied again at the appeal stage, you have the option of taking your case to trial in federal court. We will give an honest legal opinion about the merits of your claim and advise you about going to court.

No Fee Unless We Recover

Whether helping file your initial application or representing you on appeal, we do not charge any fees until you are approved for benefits. If all appeals are denied, you do not owe us anything. These cases can take many months, even years, but we stick by our clients and aggressively promote their interests at every stage.

Contact An Eastern South Dakota Social Security & Disability Attorney for an initial consultation and case evaluation. You have everything to gain, even if you have been previously denied once or twice.