Burlington Denied SSDI Claim Lawyers

The large majority of applications for Social Security Disability are turned down. If your claim has been denied, Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., can take up your cause. We understand how important those benefits are if your disabling condition prevents you from working. And we know how to advocate for clients at each stage of the claims and appeals process to improve the chances of success.

Our Burlington law firm has served South Jersey and Central New Jersey since 1965. We have helped many clients qualify for Social Security Disability after their claims were denied. Our message is to persevere and to talk to our disability attorney today in a free consultation.

A Successful Record In Disability Hearings And Appeals

We are familiar with the Social Security Administration's rules and procedures, and we are knowledgeable about the medical criteria for both physical and mental impairments under Social Security Disability. No matter where you are in the process, we can step in to turn your case around:

  • Initial application — About two-thirds of all claims are turned down at first, because of incomplete records, errors or failure to meet the strict criteria. We help clients submit the strongest claim possible or amend their files after a denial.
  • Reconsideration — Denied claims are resubmitted for review by a different SSA examiner, along with any new medical records. Very few cases succeed at this level, but it is critical to involve an attorney for the next stage.
  • ALJ hearing — By now, many months have passed and a lot of people simply give up hope. However, a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) represents your best opportunity to win benefits. Our lawyer helps you prepare to tell your story to the judge, and we will be there to support and advise you, as well as to cross-examine the SSA's medical and vocational experts.
  • Further appeals — If the ALJ rules against you, we will ask the Appeals Council to review the decision. This panel can award benefits or send the case back for a re-hearing. After all administrative appeals are exhausted, we can discuss the merits of appealing your case to federal court.

Personal Service And Commitment To Your Case

It may take a year or more from the initial application to get on the docket for an ALJ hearing, but we have a good record of winning benefits in ALJ hearings. In the meantime, we will educate you about how to work with your doctors and document the impact of your disability on your daily life. We keep in touch throughout this long and frustrating process to provide support and build a solid case for the benefits you need.

Call us toll free at 800-661-8309 to arrange a free initial consultation with our Burlington lawyers about your denied SSDI claim. We can arrange to come to your home or hospital room if your condition prevents you from traveling to our office. We handle Social Security Disability appeals on a contingency fee, so there are no attorney fees unless you are awarded benefits, which typically include a retroactive amount.