If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits you must seek an appeal of the decision or you could lose out forever.  The Social Security Administration has different rules for what type of appeal you should seek depending on which state you live in because it is experimenting with how to manage appeals.

In most states, after receiving a decision on your initial application you must request what is called reconsideration of the decision.  Reconsideration is basically an internal review of the decision the administration made with an opportunity to submit additional evidence.

If you are denied again at the reconsideration level you must ask for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.  This is called the hearing stage and it will probably be your only opportunity to give live testimony.  In the states that are experimenting with how to manage appeals, you skip the reconsideration stage and go directly to the hearing stage.

If you are denied benefits by an Administrative Law Judge the next step is an appeal of the judge’s decision to the Appeals Council.  The Appeals Council is a part of the Social Security Administration.  Generally, you are not allowed to present new evidence at this level.  The Appeals Council reviews the Administrative Law Judge’s decision to see if any errors were made.

If you are denied by the Appeals Council, you have the opportunity to sue the Social Security Administration in federal district court if the Social Security Administration made an error in denying you benefits.  This is a relatively rare step to take and it can be difficult to obtain relief this way.

If you are still denied at this level it is possible to appeal that decision to a federal appellate court and ultimately to the Supreme Court of the United States but this level of appeal is very rarely done.

An attorney can help you meet your deadlines and work your way through the confusion that appealing an unfavorable decision involves.  If you have been denied Social Security benefits you should us today as soon as possible.

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Trapster is an application that allows drivers to share information about law enforcement live while driving. This video provides the rough idea behind the app designed to help you avoid speeding tickets.


In a nutshell, the app uses crowd sourcing–multiple users sharing and confirming information–to give reliable projections for where police like to speed trap and when they are actually speed trapping. In addition, the maps include school zones and work zones to give you an extra heads up when you are in a stricter-enforcement area.

After hearing about Trapster, I ventured on to to investigate whether drivers in Kansas City, Blue Springs, Independence, and other areas around Jackson County were actually using Trapster.

They are. If you look at the Trap Map, you can see that there are many different location that have been noted as speed traps in the area. Having driven through many of those areas, the data seems accurate. The information will only get better as more people use it. The user interface is very easy. While your driving just touch your screen and it logs the point you are currently at as a speed trap.

While Trapster may be inconvenient to use each and every day, it could be useful for a day when you are running behind or coming home from a late night. Try it out and you may avoid a traffic ticket.

You can also visit for a more detailed review of the Trapster Android applicaiton.



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Here’s a list of the places we frequently take cases in. Our lawyers our licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. We’ll take cases anywhere we can practice, but those areas listed below are our “home” area.


Blue Springs,  Buckner, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Indepdence, Kansas City, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Raytown,  and Sugar Creek.


Belton, Raymore, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill


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Parkville, Platte City, and West Platte.


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