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 Social Security Disability lawyer in Michigan 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

Social Security Disability FAQ:

  • Q:Can I Lose My Social Security Disability Benefits?

    A:Losing SSD benefits is rare, but can still happen under certain circumstances. Every 3 years the Social Security Administration will perform a "Continuing Disability Review" in which they review a recipients qualifications to ensure that they still meet the requirements for receiving disability benefits. Benefits may be removed if the individual has improved to a point where they can return to work. Some other situations in which disability benefits may be suspended include: 1. If the recipient is incarcerated (for either a felony or misdemeanor) 2. If it is determined that the recipient committed fraud when filing their claim 3. If the recipient experiences an increase in assets or income 4. If the recipient passes away

  • Q:How Much Will Social Security Disability Pay?

    A: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 SSD 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 2022, federal SSI benefits will be a max of $841 monthly per individual and $1,261 for a couple. Michigan has historically added a “state supplement” which could increase those benefits.

  • Q:How Do I Choose the Right Michigan SSD Attorney?

    A:An attorney’s guidance is an important asset in any SSD case, but the burden is on the client to make a wise choice from the outset. A starting point: Ask them about the number of SSD and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases they have handled. You should also find out how often they help their clients succeed and how quickly the process will proceed. A lawyer who dangles promises of a quick turnaround may not have your best interests at heart. It is not unusual for the process to take up to two years.

  • Q:What Fees Should I Expect When Hiring an SSD Lawyer?

    A:Just as important, you should expect value from investing your trust in a legal professional. Some disability attorneys offer legal services on a contingent fee basis, meaning that the client pays for legal services only if he or she is awarded benefits. Take into account whether the law firm’s policy is to cap their contingency fee, which means that more benefits will be directed applicant’s long term needs, not fees. By asking the right questions, you can proceed with confidence in pursuit of the benefits you deserve.

  • Q:How Long Do SSD Benefits Last?

    A:If you are suffering from a permanent or severe disability, your benefits will continue for as long as you have that disability. There is no expiration date on these benefits and you will continue to receive them until you reach retirement age. If it is uncertain whether or not your disabilities will be permanent, you will most likely be required to undergo periodic eligibility reviews to ensure that you still meet the qualifications for receiving those benefits.

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

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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 Michigan 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 an SSD 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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