What You Should Know About Applying for Michigan SSD or SSI Benefits

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Social Security Disability Attorneys

Are you or your family member thinking about applying for social security disability benefits?  If so, we are here to help.  The application process can be strenuous and confusing and you need to contact an experienced attorney to guide you through the process.  Here are some things you need to think about prior to applying for benefits.

Two Disability Programs

First, there are two disability programs which pay benefits to disabled people: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability under the Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) program. A determination must be made as to whether you have eligibility for one or both of those programs.

If you have never worked, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you have limited income and resources.  This is a cash assistance program for disabled adults and children with limited income, as well as person over 65 without disabilities.   Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on the other hand, is payable under Title II of the Social Security Act.  This is a benefit program for people who are disabled, have worked and paid into Social Security for the requisite period to receive SSDI benefits.

Substantial Gainful Activity

If you have eligibility to file for disability, then we evaluate whether you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a medically determinable impairment (physical or mental) which is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death.  In other words, are you unable to work because of a physical or mental condition that is expected to last one year or longer or results in death?  If the answer is yes, then give us a call and we will be able to assist you in starting a claim.

What Happens After Filing?

Next step is to file an application for SSI, SSDI or both.  At this stage, we gather background information about your prior work (if any), income and resources (if applicable) and medical information in preparation of filing the claim. In an effort to maximize your chances of being approved at the initial application, it is helpful to hire an experienced Disability Attorney to guide you through the process of completing and submitting all the necessary paperwork for your claim.

Once the application has been completed, the average wait time to receive a determination at the initial application is between 4-6 months, sometimes longer.  While the application is pending, our staff at the firm work closely with various State agencies to ensure all the information is timely submitted for your case.  If the case is then denied at the initial level, you must request a hearing before an administrative law judge within 65 days from the date of the denial.  Avoid unnecessary stress by hiring an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to immediately file the appeal for you.