Detroit Social Security Disability Attorneys
Making the SSD Process Simpler for You
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be used to help you make your finances meet while you cannot work due to a permanent or significant disability.
Securing SSD benefits is notoriously difficult, though. Do not be surprised if you run into some serious trouble right away when trying to claim your benefits.
If your claim is denied, or if the Social Security Administration refuses to offer fair compensation for your disabilities, you don't have to lose hope. Let Adler Firm, PLLC and our Social Security Disability attorneys in Detroit know if you need help.
On This Page:
- How to Apply for SSD
- Disabilities That are Covered by SSD
- Calculating SSD Benefits
- How Long Do SSD Benefits Last?
- Can a Person Lose Their Disability Benefits?
- Why You Should Hire a Lawyer
- The Advantages of a Professionally Prepared Application
- Hire Our Team Today!
To apply for SSDI benefits, you must first live with a qualifying disability that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA). You must also be unable to complete any form of work due to that disability. Furthermore, you need to have limited income that would be insufficient to support you if you attempted to live without the benefits of SSDI.
If you meet these qualifications, then call (888) 966-9524 and speak with our Social Security Disability lawyers in Detroit. We can help you apply for the benefits you need by walking you through all applications to file with the SSA. In case your claim is denied or the SSA has further questions about your disability, we will be already by your side to promptly respond. Our goal is to get you the benefits you need as soon as possible, so you don’t have to worry about living in discomfort.
Not all disabilities are recognized by the SSA to justify an SSDI application. Only those that are listed for qualification can be cited in pursuit of financial and healthcare benefits.
The SSA has a long list of qualifying disabilities, such as:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Mental disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Digestive system diseases
- And more
Your doctor is usually the first person you need to speak with about a potentially disabling disorder. They should run several tests to understand the full extent of your illness or disability. At that point, they can reach a diagnosis and put a name to your condition. Let us know what your doctor concluded, so we can use that information while working on your case.
For SSDI payments, the Social Security Administration uses your average indexed monthly earnings (AIME) and your primary insurance amount (PIA) to calculate your benefit amounts. In most cases, you may also be entitled to backpay if it took a significant length of time for the SSA to approve your claim for benefits. Whether or not you have already received benefits through workers' compensation or some other form may also affect your SSD benefit amount.
The actual formula used for calculating these benefits is complicated. If you would like to know more you should reach out to an SSD lawyer today to discuss your claim.
For most people, Social Security Disability benefits will last until they reach the age of 65. This is the current “retirement age” in America. When you reach 65, your SSDI benefits will end, but you could become eligible for other forms of financial benefits like Medicare. However, you might also be able to get SSD benefits for your entire life if you have a severe disability. Each case is evaluated uniquely, so it is important to work with an Detroit SSD lawyer who understands the nuances of the system.
There are certain circumstances in which your SSD benefits can be reduced or even stopped. This can typically happen in one of two ways:
- The injury or medical condition improves or clears up. The Social Security Administration does a review on each disability recipient every three to seven years, and if medical care has ceased there is a good chance so will benefits. This is one of the reasons why one should continue medical care even if it does not seem worth it.
- The person returns to work and starts making too much money. Some workers may be hesitant to return to work because they do not want to lose any of the benefits they have been receiving. To encourage work, the Social Security Administration offers work incentives for specific circumstances. With these incentives, certain expenses are deducted from income so that the actual earnings used to determine eligibility for benefits are lower. Even if cash benefits stop due to work, disabled workers are still eligible for Medicare coverage for seven years and nine months after work commences.
Even though you aren't required to have a lawyer represent you when filing for SSD benefits, it can certainly improve your chances of having your claim approved and receiving fair benefits. Statistics have shown that individuals who are represented by an attorney tend to have their claims approved more frequently. An SSD attorney can also provide the following:
- Knowledge of the SSD system and application process
- Understanding of the SSD Blue Book listing and qualifying disabilities
- The ability to prove that your disability meets the necessary criteria
- An understanding of what kind of medical proof you must provide to back up your claim
- Someone to represent you if you need to appeal your claim
Many Social Security Disability lawyers will get involved only if your claim has already been denied. They will tell you filling out the application is something you can and should do yourself, and to call back if you get a denial letter. At the Adler Firm, PLLC, we don’t work that way. We are “Michigan disability application attorneys” as well as accomplished veteran lawyers who can take your case through a hearing before a judge if necessary.
Our efforts on the front end for you include:
- Making every effort to characterize your disabling medical condition — whether physical or mental — to fit the SSA list of impairments, and using more formal or “clinical” language we know government evaluators understand
- Dealing proactively with issues we know from experience can give evaluators a reason to deny your claim
- When possible, filing all necessary application forms online for you after telephone contact, without requiring you to travel to our Traverse City (metro Detroit area) office
Do you need SSD benefits, but you don’t want to deal with the headache of getting them? This is entirely fair, and our law firm is to help with this exact type of situation. Get our Detroit SSD attorneys in your corner today to get started.