One of the most common questions Michigan Social Security disability lawyers hear is, “Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?” Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest questions to answer. Social Security regulations are complex and confuse many applicants. A Social Security disability attorney can help you evaluate your Michigan claim, but sometimes the honest answer is that only time will tell if you will be eligible.
One of the requirements is that your physical or mental disability lasts for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death. There are many factors that affect a person’s recovery time, and it is not always possible to determine at the outset whether your condition will meet this requirement.
If you suffer from a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working, you should discuss filing for Social Security disability benefits with a Michigan Social Security disability lawyer. The Social Security Administration, or SSA, provides monthly disability benefits for individuals who are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition. However, applying for disability benefits can be both frustrating and time consuming because the SSA creates the regulations and procedures for determining disability benefit eligibility.
Generally, the older the disability applicant, the easier it will be for the applicant to be approved to receive disability benefits. For example, an applicant over the age of 60 will have to provide less evidence of the impact the disability has on the applicant’s ability to work than an applicant in his 40s. However, no matter your age, it may be difficult to convince the SSA that your condition qualifies as a disability to be eligible to receive disability benefits.
The SSA denies the majority of disability benefit applications. Therefore, a Michigan Social Security disability lawyer will inform you regarding how important it is to appeal a disability denial. For example, if you receive a disability denial after submitting a disability application, you should immediately request reconsideration of the denial. Unfortunately, the majority of applications are denied again on reconsideration.
However, you can appeal the denial and appear before an administrative law judge at an administrative hearing. Appearing before an administrative law judge will give you the best opportunity to receive a favorable decision for your disability benefit application.
If you have any questions regarding the disability benefit procedure, contact a Michigan Social Security disability lawyer as initial consultations are usually free.
About the Author
Mr. Joshua Syme is one of Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, P.C.’s experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys. At Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, P.C., we know how to use the law to pursue Social Security Disability benefits for injured workers and are rated #1 by The Detroit News. Our Michigan personal injury lawyers have helped over 150,000 people and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in personal injury cases.