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Who determines if your disability qualifies for SSI benefits?

You have recently filed an application to see if you are eligible to begin receiving Social Security benefits for your disability and are waiting to hear back whether or not your claim was approved. As with all other states, the state of Michigan upholds pretty stringent guidelines when determining whether or not your situation qualifies you to begin receiving benefits. This strict process of screening applicants prevents people from taking advantage of a valuable resource for injured individuals. 

As soon as you recognize that your injury may qualify you for assistance, you should begin the application process right away. It would be wise to read through the application in its entirety before you fill it out so you can be confident in providing detailed answers that address all of the aspects required. Once submitted, you may be wondering how it is decided whether or not you are eligible to receive financial assistance. 

According to the Social Security Administration, their definition of a disability is firm and allows for little variance in cases. As such, you cannot anticipate receiving assistance at all unless you clearly meet the requirements outlined in the application. For example, your condition has to be severe enough that it prevents you from being able to work and maintain an appropriate standard of living. If you are still able to work to a degree, interviewers will consider how much you are still able to work including how much money you are still capable of bringing in on your own. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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