Prepared to Take Your Case All the Way
Many people simply give up when they are rejected for Social Security disability. They don't realize that most initial claims are denied.
The law firm of Coats & Todd will stick with your case as long as necessary. We have a notable record of success with administrative hearings, in the administrative appeals process, and have argued and won many cases at the federal court level.
Experienced Lawyers in SSDI Appeals
Call our Richardson, Texas office at 1-800-856-1031 for a free consultation if your Social Security disability claim was rejected. We represent people with physical or mental impairments in Plano, the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, statewide Texas and anywhere in the U.S.
Administrative Appeals of Disability Claims
It doesn't hurt your case if you filed your own claim and lost. But from this point on, your odds of winning Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits without a lawyer get slimmer and slimmer.
- Initial Claim — Coats & Todd can help prepare your claim, but even with our experienced attorneys on your side, you may be turned down. In Texas, it typically takes 120 days for the SSA to rule on your case.
- Reconsideration — If your claim is denied, we submit a formal Request for Reconsideration. New medical evidence and additional documentation is examined by a different Social Security administrator. This stage also takes about 120 days for a decision. (Some states do not have this step.)
- ALJ Hearing — We file a Request for Hearing. It takes about 8 to 12 months to get a hearing date but timeframes vary depending on each social security office. An administrative law judge will determine whether or not you can work. Our attorneys thoroughly prepare you to make your case at your disability hearing, and we will be at your side.
- Appeals Council — If we determine the ALJ judge made a mistake in rejecting your claim, we will appeal that ruling to the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council. This panel has the authority to reverse the judge's decision.
Federal Court Appeals
Coats & Todd is prepared to file suit in federal court after exhausting the administrative process. Our skilled trial lawyers can appeal your case all the way to the highest court if necessary:
- Federal District Court
- U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
- The U.S. Supreme Court
Contact attorneys who are well versed in Social Security law, federal procedure and writing effective appellate briefs. We have won Social Security disability cases for clients at every level, from initial application to federal appeals. There are no up-front fees, and we do not get paid unless we win benefits for you.