Getting approved for disability benefits can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the Michigan Social Security attorneys at the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg, P.C. offer our disability clients complete representation from the application stage all the way to the Federal District Court.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has created two programs for Americans who are unable to work due to illness or disability. The two programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although both programs are similar, there are differences.
To qualify for SSD, the applicant must have paid into the Social Security system for five of the preceding 10 years prior to applying. If successful, the applicant may receive back benefits from the date of disability in addition to future monthly payments.
SSI is similar to SSD in that the applicant must show a disability to qualify. However, this program is for the poor as the applicant cannot earn more than $2,000 individually or $3,000 per couple to qualify.
How to Obtain Disability Benefits:
The first step in obtaining benefits is applying using the Social Security Administration’s initial application. Applying can be done in a number of ways, including in person at a Social Security office, by telephone or online. When applying, it is important to include all relevant to support your disability.
The initial application can be found here. When applying, it is also important to have proof of citizenship and W2 forms or self-employment tax returns. It is also essential to include medical documentation. This can include all hospital records, doctor reports, test results, operative reports and other medical records.
If you don’t have medical records, you should still apply. However, you should include the names and addresses of all medical facilities that support your disability on the application. The application will also ask for your employment history and age.
The Social Security Disability lawyers at Lee Steinberg, P.C. can help you with the application process. Because approximately 70% of applicants are denied at the initial application stage, it is important the application be thoroughly completed with all medical records are included.
For all disability needs, please call the Michigan Social Security attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733). Our team of experienced Michigan disability lawyers are here to answer your questions and win your case. The consultation is free and there is no fee unless we get your benefits.