Western New York Social Security Disability Claims Attorneys

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148 W Dominick St
Rome, NY 13440


1520 Genesee St, Suite 1
Utica, NY 13502

Rome, New York Social Security Disability Claims Attorneys

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits involves more than simply filling out an application and waiting on a check to arrive. The application process itself is tedious and time consuming when done correctly, and due to the confusion that may ensue, legal assistance is highly recommended.

Historically, application approval rates vary, however, from 2010-2019, the average approval rate was 33%. Most denials were due to lack of sufficient proof submitted with the application. Knowing exactly what is needed to include with the claim can be confusing, and if a claimant has more than one condition or symptom, it becomes even more complex.

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The good news is, having experienced legal support increases the chances of benefits approval immensely. The Social Security disability claims attorneys at the Antonowicz Group deal with denied disability claims on a regular basis. We have a comprehensive understanding of the conditions that must be met as well as the documentation that must be provided. 

Rome, New York SSD Appeal Lawyer

Once an initial claim is denied, you should not give up hope. The appeals process includes multiple steps, and we have the knowledge necessary to assist during each of them: Reconsideration, hearing, appeals council, and court. 


A request for a reconsideration is just that – you can ask the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a secondary review by a different person. This provides the opportunity for you to include the correct medical records and any additional supporting evidence under the scrutiny of a completely different individual. This may also be a good option for anyone who has had a change in income, resources, or living arrangements since the initial application was submitted.

Hearing By an Administrative Law Judge

If a reconsideration is denied, the next step is an online disability hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This allows the claimant to interact personally with the judge and present the case on a more personal level. This step does not require legal support but working with a SSA lawyer is highly recommended.

Review by the Appeals Council

The next step in the process might be to request an Appeals Council review. The request may be denied or dismissed if the hearing decision is found to be in accordance with the Social Security laws and regulations. They may also opt to issue a favorable decision or send it back to the ALJ for further review.

Federal Court Review 

The Antonowicz Group has sued the Social Security Administration many times in pursuit of obtaining disability benefits for our clients. Our Social Security disability attorneys are known for going the extra mile because we are passionate about disability law and about improving the lives of individuals who have worked hard to earn the right to disability benefits. 

Appeal Lawyers in Buffalo, Rochester, Rome, Utica, and Western NY

Whether you are currently ready to submit a claim, or looking for appeal lawyers in the greater Western NY area, the Antonowicz Group is here to help. We will provide you with the legal support you need, discuss any concerns you may have, and represent your case with full advocacy. We invite you to reach out to our compassionate and dedicated legal team today.

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Main Office

148 W Dominick St
Rome, NY 13440


1520 Genesee St, Suite 1
Utica, NY 13502 (By Appointment Only)

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