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Denied Social Security Disability is Rockford Illinois

Ideally, people work until their normal retirement age.  Many people, however, become sick or have physical and mental conditions which prevent them from working.  The Social Security Disability program offers benefits to those people who are unable to work due to a physical or mental illness, no matter what their age.

Tuite Law represents people who have applied for and been denied Social Security Disability benefits.  The Social Security Administration runs a complicated disability application process filled with paperwork, deadlines, hearings, and appeals.  We take the hassle out of the process, ensure that necessary documents are timely filed, and advocate on your behalf throughout the disability application process.

Whether a person is close to retirement or still in their 40’s or 50’s, the lawyers at Tuite Law look at each case individually to assess how a person’s medical condition prevents them from working.  We have taken on cases involving unusual medical conditions, both of a physical and psychological nature.  Unlike other lawyers, we do not “give up,” when a claim is initially denied, rather pursue cases to the full extent of the law including Federal Court.  We communicate with your physicians, gathering the necessary medical opinions to fully develop your case.

Most importantly, we have a proven track record of success.  The vast majority of our clients obtain benefits.  And they do so without having to pay any money up-front, no matter how long the case takes.

Learning that your application for your much-needed Social Security disability benefits has been denied can be stressful and disheartening. You should know that you are not alone–in fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that only about 32 percent of applications are approved each year. However, with the highly experienced SSDI attorneys at Tuite Law on your side, your denial does not have to be final.

There are four different levels at which you can appeal your Social Security Disability denial in Illinois:

  1. Request that your application be reconsidered — You must request this within 60 days and an examiner will re-review your application with the same standards and qualifications for approval as in the initial review.
  2. Request a hearing — If your reconsideration was denied, you can request to present your case at a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). The hearing will take place at an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) and then the hearing decision will be made by the ALJ. The ALJ may hear evidence from experts or may request that you undergo a medical evaluation.
  3. Request review by the Appeals Council — Generally, the Appeals Council will look for some type of flawed judgment on the part of the ALJ to even justify reviewing your case. There is not a guarantee the Council will agree to review your denial.
  4. File for federal court review — The last chance at appealing a denial is filing a claim in federal court. The federal judge will review your file with all of your medical evidence and the previous ALJ decision. Though many denials are overturned, this level of appeal can be costly and time-consuming.

The appeals process is very complex and it is important to have skilled legal representation throughout the process to ensure you present the right evidence in a persuasive manner. Having the right attorney on your side can limit the time, money, and effort needed to succeed in your appeal.

At Tuite Law, our Social Security disability denial attorneys will keep working until you get the benefits you deserve. If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and been denied, “Get Tuite” and call our office.