Claim, Denial & Appeal Process

Get Help Applying for Disability in Michigan

If you cannot work due to disability, the first step toward getting benefits from the government is to complete and file the required application forms. Depending on the program that covers your situation, you may be able to apply online via the Internet, or you may need to set an appointment at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office.

It typically takes three to four months to get a decision. Unfortunately, the denial rate for initial Social Security (SSDI and SSI) claims is very high — almost certainly above 70 percent in our state and well above 60 percent nationwide.

Based on extensive experience, we strongly believe filing a professionally prepared application substantially improves your chance of approval, and a lawyer at the Adler Firm, PLLC, is ready to help. With offices in Traverse City and Detroit, we help individuals throughout Michigan with the disability applications and appeals.

Helping People Who Need Benefits With Applications and Appeals

Receiving a claim denial letter does not end your chances of getting disability benefits, but it does mean an appeal is necessary — and that process can take an additional two years or even longer. At the appeal stage, it is essential to have an attorney who knows the system on your side. We will:

  • Carefully evaluate your claim denial, whether the reason involved your medical condition or some other issue involving your eligibility
  • Develop a strategy and take action to build your case for receiving benefits on appeal — often by learning more about your disability and collecting additional medical evidence
  • File your appeal and guide you through all remaining steps, including preparing you thoroughly for your review hearing before a judge and attending that hearing with you

Experienced Professional Counsel:

Because obtaining the Social Security Disability benefits you are entitled to can be a lengthy process, it is important to file as soon as you learn you are eligible. The process of applying for disability in Michigan can be intimidating and complex, so we encourage you to contact us with any questions — whether you are considering filing or must appeal.

Your consultation will be free, and you will never owe an attorney fee unless you succeed in getting benefits. We have offices in Traverse City and Detroit for your convenience. Telephone consultations are also available for those who cannot travel.