If you are a worker in Michigan who has a disability that prevents you from working, you may be feeling a lot of stress. How do you pay your bills? Will you even be able to work again? Fortunately the government offers social security disability benefits to help those with disabilities.
While you know you may not need to reach retirement age to receive Social Security Disability benefits, there is also the matter of your retirement benefits from regular Social Security payments. If you are already receiving disability benefits due to a workplace injury at your Michigan job, chronic illness, or some other disability issue, how does this impact your eligibility to receive Social Security retirement benefits?
If you are seeking eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits, you may have trouble with completing the application for the precise reason you need it. However, you may have a Michigan-based caretaker, friend or loved one willing to help you. If your disability, whether physical or mental, prevents you from completing the application independently, can someone you trust complete the application on your behalf?
While many unfairly characterize obesity as simply a personal problem, obesity can lead to mental and physical health problems that can severely impact your life and ability to function. The difficulty of combating obesity and understanding it as a disease rather than a personal matter has made it hard to establish criteria for obesity as a disability, but does that mean you should be denied disability benefits for being obese? While your Michigan physician may be able to classify you as medically obese, the path to Social Security disability benefits is as complex as understanding the disease itself.
After hearing horror stories of denied claims and appeals for Social Security Disability Benefits often based on the smallest technicality, the idea of sitting in your Michigan home and taking on the task fo applying for benefits on your own can be terrifying. You may be afraid of making a single mistake that will cause your application to be rejected, with appeals often taking years although you need assistance now. But how factual are those fears, and how often are disability benefits applications denied?
Having a disabled child can be a trial; watching them struggle to adapt and thrive with their disability can bring as much pain to your heart as their presence brings joy into your life. While you love your disabled child deeply, there is no denying that the cost of caring for a disabled child can cause undue hardship and stress that can impact the child's life and the lives of the entire family. This includes impacting your ability as a parent to work full-time to meet your family's needs. Can your child receive Social Security Disability benefits to defray some of those staggering costs?
You may be familiar with Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), or the federal social security disability benefits program that offers disability income for disabled and injured workers. But what is Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who is it for?
If you become disabled, you may require funding from multiple sources to cover your medical treatment, long-term care and life expenses. These funds can include settlements from your Michigan employer, workers' compensation benefits, Social Security disability or numerous other sources. But you are likely quite aware that certain income sources, such as part-time jobs, can affect the amount you are granted under Social Security disability. So just how do certain payment sources affect your benefits?
Identity theft is a very common fear, but can be even more prevalent among those on Social Security disability. Unscrupulous persons may attempt to defraud you of your disability benefits by stealing your identity and data, including the data needed to access your benefits payouts. Even if they do not steal your identity, they may attempt to solicit payments under fraudulent pretenses. While your first instinct in the case of social security fraud may be to contact the local police or Michigan Office of the Attorney General, you have other, better options. We at Adler Stilman, PLLC understand the distress you are facing, and are here to help.
When you already struggle with mental health issues impacting your daily quality of life and capacity to function, it can be exhausting to think of dealing with the red tape and hassles involved with obtaining Social Security disability. Mental health issues can often be far more difficult to prove against requirements for disability, yet when disability benefits are essential to your capacity to survive it can help to know exactly how the federal government measures criteria for mental health related Social Security benefits. We at Adler Stilman, PLLC, understand the frustration inherent in pursuing the benefits you deserve.