What Can a Michigan Disability Lawyer Do for Your Case?
September 17, 2018
If you or a family member is disabled, you are likely to be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through the federal government. However, obtaining the benefits you deserve can be a long and taxing process, even when you meet the criteria. Unfortunately, many qualified people are denied benefits, and don’t know how to rectify the situation or appeal the rejection. This is why it is important to find an experienced Michigan disability lawyer, whether you are applying for the first time or appealing a claim that has been denied.
Determining the Right Disability Benefits for You
Assessing your situation and determining which category of benefits you are eligible for can be confusing to those who try to do it on their own.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, also known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI), are called “entitlement benefits.” Based on an individual’s work history, or that of a parent or spouse, these benefits are intended for workers who have a long-term disabling injury or illness. There are several criteria that must be met in order to be eligible.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which are need-based, are designed for disabled children and adults with limited income. Like SSD benefits, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to qualify.
Assisting With Required Forms and Documentation
The Social Security Administration requires many complex forms in order to determine eligibility, in addition to a large amount of documentation from your doctors, therapists and other medical professionals.
An experienced disability lawyer will help you fill these forms out correctly, and submit them in a timely manner, in addition to determining and obtaining the medical records and other documents that will best support your case.
“The sheer volume of forms and documentation required by the government can be overwhelming,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “Our team of highly qualified disability lawyers will guide you through the process so you can start receiving the benefits you are entitled to as quickly as possible.”
Filing an Appeal if Your Claim is Unjustly Denied
The claims of deserving individuals are often denied, even when the eligibility criteria are met. When this happens, the claimant has only 60 days to request an appeal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
A good disability lawyer will review the denial, determine what information is necessary for a successful appeal and file the appeal according to the numerous regulations and deadlines. Research has shown that individuals who are represented by lawyers are more successful than those who try to navigate this complicated process on their own.
Representing You in Court
Sometimes, a social security disability case will proceed to trial. When this happens, you are more likely to achieve a favorable outcome when you are represented by a skilled disability lawyer who understands the law and the court system.
Lastly, make sure to find a Michigan disability lawyer who will take your case without requiring payment until the case is won.
“An incapacitating illness or injury can wreak havoc on the life of the disabled person and the entire family,” said Bernstein. “Our disability lawyers understand what you are going through and will handle your case with compassion and outstanding legal expertise.”
Social security disability law is complicated, but finding the right disability lawyer is simple.
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free no-obligation consultation.