How to Apply for Social Security Disability in Michigan
February 13, 2019
If you or a family member has recently become disabled, you may be wondering about Social Security disability benefits , or how to even apply for Social Security disability benefits. Here are some of the many questions you are likely to have:
- Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits?
- How do I know which type of benefits to apply for?
- How much can I expect to receive?
- What should I do if my application was rejected?
Overview of Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits
To apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Michigan is a complicated process. First, you must understand the different kinds of benefits and determine which type you are eligible for.
Here are the basic categories of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits:
Basic Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are designed for workers who have a long-term disabling injury or illness. These benefits are also known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI). Applicants must meet several requirements in order to be eligible for these benefits.
Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI) are need-based programs for disabled children and adults with limited assets and income. As with SSD benefits, applicants need to meet certain qualifying criteria.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits in Michigan
Instead of trying to apply for Social Security disability benefits on your own, hiring an experienced SSD lawyer is highly recommended. There are several reasons for this:
- An SSD lawyer will explain your rights to Social Security disability benefits and help you determine the category of disability benefits of which you may be eligible to apply.
- Your attorney will help you fill out the numerous (and often complicated) forms and make sure your application complies with the strict SSA deadlines and filing requirements.
- A qualified lawyer will determine a strategy and legal arguments that best supports your claim.
- The SSA denies many applications, even for people who meet the eligibility requirements. If this happens, you need a qualified SSD lawyer to help you through the complicated appeals process.
- If your case results in a hearing, you will be much more successful when represented by a knowledgeable attorney.
A good SSD lawyer will determine whether you qualify for any of the exceptions the SSA grants to people in certain situations. These include:
- Those with specific medical conditions may qualify for compassionate allowances programs
- Wounded warriors and veterans
- Disabled children with a parent who is deceased or receives retirement or disability benefits
- Disabled widows or widowers
“The Social Security disability benefits system is one of the most complex,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “The multitude of rules, regulations and exceptions to those rules make the application and appeals processes extremely challenging. Our dedicated SSD lawyers understand this complicated system. They will do whatever is necessary to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.”
Social Security disability law is complicated, but finding the right lawyer is simple.
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free no-obligation consultation.