Filing an Initial Application for Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are disabled and unable to work, you may think about filing an application for Social Security disability benefits in Michigan. As discussed here, there are different benefit programs you may apply for provided you have eligibility. Below is a list of basic information the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires to start your claim. Be aware that additional information may be requested depending on the type of claim you are applying for.
- Your full name;
- Your social security number;
- Current address;
- Information about your current marriage or prior divorces;
- Information regarding your dependents;
- Your date of disability;
- A list of your conditions;
- Name, addresses and contact information of medical providers, clinics and Hospitals where you may have received treatment;
- Information relating to any objective tests you had. (MRIs, X-rays, NVC/EMGs, hearing test, EKGs, EEGs, psychological evaluations; etc.);
- Names and dosages of medications you are currently taking;
- Any medical records that you have in your possession;
- A list of jobs you have performed in the past 15 years;
- Information about checking or savings account numbers;
The SSA will gather all of your medical information in deciding your claim. Therefore, you also need to provide a medical release form (SSA-827- Authorization to Disclose Information to The Social Security Administration) which can be signed at your local field office. The SSA may also contact your prior employers to clarify the type of jobs you performed or whether you received any accommodations secondary to your impairments. Following review of your medical file and vocational background, the SSA will render a determination anywhere from 4-6 months following the application date, sometimes longer.
How to Apply for Benefits
You may contact your local SSA field office to make an appointment with one of their claim specialists or simply, you may file the application online.
Filing a claim for disability benefits can be a confusing and a lengthy process. To maximize your chances of approval, you may contact an experienced Michigan social security attorney to assist you throughout the various cases of your claim.
Michigan Social Security Disability Attorneys
For a Michigan Social Security Disability case review, please contact the Michigan social security lawyers at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C. at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733). Let our experienced staff help win your case. The telephone call is free and there is no fee unless we win.