Michigan Social Security Disability Lawyer

Legal Guidance Through the SSD Claims Process

Anyone suffering from a disabling illness or injury must cope with tremendous pressures. On top of severe physical and emotional pain, the inability to work for a year, many years, or the rest of your life can be overwhelming.

One solution for your financial survival may be a successful Social Security Disability application. The caring, results-driven Michigan Social Security Disability lawyer at Adler Firm, PLLC, is here to help, without requiring you to take on any added financial risk. Our disability lawyer helps people throughout Michigan pursue benefits from our offices in Traverse City and Detroit. If you are unable to travel due to your condition, we can arrange for a telephone consultation.

The U.S. government runs programs to provide monetary help for people who cannot work. However, getting approved can be extremely difficult — especially if you try to navigate the process on your own. Most claims are initially denied, pushing people into an appeal-and-hearing process that can take two years or longer with no guarantee of success. Call us for help.

Our team strives to be as accessible as possible, which is why we offer free, same-day consultations in English and Spanish. Contact us online or by phone today at (888) 966-9524 to discuss your case.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits are intended to help support people who cannot work for medical reasons. The type of benefits you could receive depends on whether you worked in the past but have become disabled or you have no substantial recent work history and very little income or assets.

Anyone seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) must demonstrate that he or she cannot work due to a physical injury, illness, mental impairment, or age. Although this may seem straightforward, most people who apply are initially denied benefits.

It is important to recognize that evaluators will decide whether your condition:

  • Severely limits your ability to perform work for a full year or longer
  • Prevents you from working successfully at any job — not just in the occupation you most recently held
  • Is included on the current Social Security Administration (SSA) list of impairments or is “of equal severity” to a condition on that list

Medical Knowledge and Experience with the System Can Be Essential

There are separate lists of qualifying medical impairments for adults and children. On the adult list there are 14 separate categories covering various injuries, diseases of different body systems, and mental disorders.

With experience in thousands of cases, we focus on:

  • Ensuring that you have and can show evidence of a diagnosis that matches a medical condition on the list
  • Acquiring and assembling test results and other medical evidence that will make the severity of your disability clear to a government evaluator, such as a judge at your hearing

How Much Will Social Security Disability Pay?

It is an important question: “How much will my monthly checks be if I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?” At our law firm, our attorney deals with this question every day as we help people apply for benefits and appeal claim denials.

Whether you meet the criteria for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), an attorney at our firm can answer your key questions and help you through the application or appeal process.

Generally speaking:

  • The value of your benefits as someone who worked and paid into the system before becoming disabled will depend on how long you worked and your earnings. These are also factors in determining benefits for a surviving dependent.
  • SSI benefits — available to disabled adults and children without a significant recent work history, income, or assets — are set at the federal level each year. For 2010, federal SSI benefits were $674 monthly per individual and $1,011 for a couple. Michigan has historically added a “state supplement” which could increase those benefits.

Equally important to the question, “How much will Social Security Disability pay?” are others such as:

  • How long will my benefits continue?
  • Since it can take months or years to get through the application process and begin receiving checks, will I get “back-due” benefits once I am approved?
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How Our Team Can Help

You don’t have to retain an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. But handling the application and appeals on your own is like doing surgery on yourself: you can do it, but you may not like the results.

We recommend that disabled people hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to help them navigate the confusing process of application and appeals. The Social Security Administration’s own statistics show that people who are represented by an attorney are more likely to win benefits.

Not every attorney is familiar with the process of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits for clients. It’s important to select a lawyer who is very familiar with the process and keeps up to date on changes in the law.

At Adler Firm, PLLC, Social Security Disability is a major part of our practice. Over the past 30 years, our attorney has helped thousands of clients obtain Social Security Disability benefits. We always remain current on any developments and changes in Social Security Disability regulations.

To discuss your case with our experienced Social Security Disability attorney in Michigan, please call us today at (888) 966-9524. We’re proud to represent clients throughout our great state.

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