Indianapolis family stressed after being denied disability benefits
Indianapolis family stressed after being denied disability benefits Indianapolis family stressed after being denied disability benefits

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Your Denial Into Approval

Don’t get discouraged if Social Security denied your claim for disability benefits.

If you’re applying for the first time, it’s normal for your case to be denied. It’s certainly not the end for your claim. We deal with this all the time. The team at Hanley Disability can help you appeal.

You need to move quickly to appeal your case. You have a 60-day deadline.

Appealing by yourself can be complex and frustrating. Call our office today for help with your appeal from a disability representative. Hanley Disability will do everything possible to help take your case from denied to approved.

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Don’t Give Up

Free Case Evaluation

If you can’t work and need benefits for Social Security Disability, it can be hard to pay your medical bills and to support yourself and your family.

Contact Hanley Disability to talk for FREE about your case.

Four Levels

of Social Security Disability Appeals

These are the levels of appeal in order from the first step to the most advanced stage:

  1. RECONSIDERATION – Hanley Disability will oversee this process of getting a second review of your claim. These reviews are done by someone at the Social Security Administration (SSA) who did not take part in the first decision. They review the original evidence, but you also can submit new information, which our team will present for you.
  2. HEARING BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE (ALJ) – An advocate from our team will go with you to this hearing to ensure the judge gets all the information he or she needs to approve your claim. For our area, these typically take place in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Most cases are won at this level.
  3. REVIEW BY APPEALS COUNCIL – If the ALJ denies your case, we may help you ask the SSA’s Appeals Council to review that decision. The Appeals Council could approve your claim, deny it, or return your case to the ALJ for a new hearing.
  4. FEDERAL COURT REVIEW – If you disagree with the Appeals Council decision, we may help you file a lawsuit in Federal District Court. For this level, you must have an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court to represent you. Our staff can give you a referral if you reach this level.

If you were denied, don’t stop trying to get benefits, contact us to talk about your case.


Presenting your case before an ALJ is usually the most crucial part of your case. Your hearing is your best chance to present your medical evidence in person.

Prior to your hearing, you are highly encouraged to get help from an experienced Social Security Disability representative. Hanley Disability has helped thousands of people in Indiana turn their denials into approvals.

Indianapolis social security disability lawyers prepare for the four levels of appeals

The legal team at

Hanley Disability will:

  • analyze your Social Security file
  • prepare your case and set the strategy
  • gather additional evidence from your doctors and medical providers
  • prepare your testimony
  • question witnesses
  • cross-examine any medical and vocational experts who testify at your hearing
  • appeal your case on the federal level if necessary

Our staff has over 45 years of experience presenting evidence before ALJs. Our experience gives you the best chance to get the benefits you deserve.

With an experienced representative on your side,

You’re More Likely to Win Your Case

According to Social Security’s own statistics, you’re more likely to win benefits when you have legal help.

Since there are no legal fees if you don’t win benefits, the decision to get legal help should be simple. Contact our office today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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