Social Security Disability And The Benefits That Can Help You

Being disabled is serious. You might be permanently unable to work. You may need extensive medical treatment that is expensive, especially if you don't have medical insurance. And you may not have any income.

This is a time when you need to make the right choices. Your life depends on it. You need to know what your options are. Whatever your disability, you should ask yourself three questions:

  1. Am I eligible for benefits under the Social Security Act?
  2. How do I obtain benefits?
  3. Should I hire an attorney?

Fortunately, you have options. Read below for answers to these important questions. Contact our firm to arrange a meeting with an experienced attorney and get the support you need.

1. Am I Eligible For Benefits Under The Social Security Act?

One avenue that might provide you relief is benefits under the Social Security Act. The Social Security Act contains a wide array of social programs whose basic objective is to provide for the material well-being of individuals and families in numerous ways in times of need.

It is important for you to know what types of benefits can help you or your family in your time of need. Under certain circumstances, you might be entitled to a significant sum of back benefits, monthly cash benefits and medical insurance. Do any of the following describe you?

  1. A worker who is retiring at age 62 or older
  2. A worker who has worked long enough and is disabled or blind
  3. A U.S. citizen who may not have worked, but is disabled and poor
  4. A spouse of a worker who retires, becomes blind or disabled, or dies
  5. A healthy and/or disabled child of a worker who retires, becomes blind or disabled, or dies

If any of the above situations apply to you, please call our experienced disability attorneys for a free consultation. You might be entitled to one or more benefits offered under the Social Security Act.

2. How Do I Obtain Benefits?

To be considered for benefits, you must file an application. Different types of applications apply to different kinds of benefits. Some applications can be done online. Some applications require the claimant to appear at a local field office. It is important to apply for ALL the benefits you might be entitled to. Our experienced representatives can assist you in filing the appropriate applications and in ensuring that they are filled out correctly. This will lay a solid foundation for the life of your claim or claims.

Once the Social Security Administration (SSA) acknowledges receipt of your initial application, it usually takes two to six months to receive an initial determination. Many people are denied at this stage, even though they meet all the requirements for benefits. If you are initially denied, DO NOT give up! You have options. There is an appeal process. You very well might be awarded benefits if you follow through and file an appeal. But the appeal process needs to be handled with great care. Thoughtful preparation to put the claimant in the best possible light makes all the difference.

Importantly, time is of the essence. You have 60 days from the date of your initial denial letter to appeal an unfavorable decision. If you do not file an appeal within 60 days of denial, the SSA will make you start the process over. So do not delay!

3. Should I Hire An Attorney?

Social Security regulations are complex and the process can be daunting. To collect disability benefits, the claimant must prove his or her disability. This requires obtaining, organizing, analyzing and submitting medical records. In many cases, it requires ordering new tests, drafting tailored reports for doctors and investigating where there might be missing records.

At an appeal hearing, it may also require cross-examining a job expert and a medical expert and eliciting convincing testimony from the claimant. An attorney can talk you through your options, simplify the process and assist you in the work of proving your case. If you do not have experience in this area and choose not to hire an attorney, you may place yourself at unnecessary risk of losing significant financial relief.

4. Why Should I Contact The Attorneys At Your Firm?

What distinguishes the disability attorneys at our firm is our attention to detail to produce the highest-quality result. Larger firms handle hundreds of clients. This makes it extremely difficult to offer the level of attention to detail that our firm can offer you.

Our lawyers will be the people you communicate with directly. You will not be speaking to or through a secretary at the initial interview or at any time throughout the process. Close contact with your attorney will allow us to learn the specific details of your past and present situation. With this knowledge, we will draft specially tailored doctor reports; we do not believe that one report fits all. We will be available to speak to you every step of the way as your case develops and as your medical conditions change. The overall goal is to place you in the best possible light in front of the decision maker.

Obtaining Social Security benefits when you are disabled is too important to be left to any unnecessary risk. We dedicate ourselves to every single client that we represent. Speak with us today! Get a free 30-minute consultation by calling 586-436-3499. We serve clients in Clinton Township, in Roseville and throughout Michigan.