If you applied for Social Security Disability benefits and your claim was denied, you are certainly not alone. In fact, most people are denied when they initially apply, even when they have every right to receive benefits.
The good news is that you now have the opportunity to file an appeal in your case, but you must do so quickly. That’s because you only have 60 days to submit a Request for Hearing from the date that is stamped in the upper right hand corner of your denial letter.
If you fail to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge during that time, then you usually have to start over completely with your claim, though the Social Security Administration does make some exceptions when the applicant can demonstrate “good cause” for missing the 60-day window.
Most other states have what is called a “reconsideration” stage in which you ask the SSD to reconsider your application instead of asking for a hearing; however, Michigan does not have this phase so asking for a hearing is the only option.
If you applied for SSD in Michigan and received a denial letter, our firm can help you request a hearing and then help you prepare for the hearing and put your best case forward. We know what judges in southeast Michigan base their decisions on, so we can make sure that you are thoroughly prepared.
We can also attend the hearing with you as your advocate, which can be an invaluable service that not all other firms are willing and/or able to do. Keep reading to find out more about how our firm can help you with your SSD appeal.
Time is of the essence, so whatever steps you decide to take, make sure you take them right away.