The entire process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can seem intimidating and downright scary. The reality is that though SSD benefits can be a lifeline to people in great need, a majority of claims are denied. Over a ten-year period, the number of disabled-worker applicants who were awarded SSD benefits hovered around 45%. Those awarded after an initial claim (without requiring any additional review) constitute an especially low number of applicants, averaging 28%. In even the best year, only slightly more than a third of applicants for SSD were awarded benefits based on their initial claims.
In addition, the process can be frustrating, tedious, and drawn out over a long period of time. As with most types of insurance, it benefits the administrators of SSD benefits to make the process difficult. If they delay responding to the initial application,, deny your initial request, and then delay further review of your case, they know many applicants, especially those who are already vulnerable because of injury and financial challenges, may simply give up.
The Lee Steinberg Law Firm Are On Your Side
For the above reasons, we recommend hiring an experienced Social Security attorney who can be strong on your behalf. Our attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm are Michigan Social Security experts. We have represented individuals seeking SSD and SSI benefits for over 40 years and have a history of winning awards for our clients, whether during an initial claim or after a denial.
If you are in need of Social Security disability benefits, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
Did You Know There Are Two Types of Social Security Disability Benefits?
Prior to filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, it is critical for you to understand the two types of Social Security Disability and whether you are eligible for one or possibly both. The two types of Social Security Disability are:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD), which is intended to provide financial support for those who are disabled or blind. In addition to proving medical disability , applicants for SSDI benefits must prove eligibility by meeting certain work requirements for being “insured” by Social Security. Certain dependents of insured individuals may also be covered.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which are intended for those who have limited income and resources and who are disabled, blind, or elderly. Unlike SSD, SSI does not depend upon the individual having paid into the system through work. Children under 18 who meet other criteria are eligible for SSI benefits.
In 2014, there were more than 377,000 SSD recipients and just over 277,000 recipients of SSI benefits in Michigan.
Hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney is Critical
The attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm can significantly increase your odds of success in your Social Security Disability claim. We see many clients who could have saved themselves months of frustration and waiting if only they had sought the assistance of an experienced Michigan Social Security attorney while completing their initial application for benefits. Not only can we help you understand the different ways of applying for benefits, but we will also stand strong on your behalf throughout the difficult process.
Whether you are questioning your qualifications for benefits, are beginning the process of filing a claim, or have already been denied and are appealing the decision, we can help. We have a long history of winning cases and obtaining significant financial compensation for our clients. Contact our offices at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form to get started with a free consultation. As always, you pay nothing until we settle your Social Security Disability case.