Tuesday, August 15, 2017

4 Popular Questions About Michigan Social Security Disability Claims

Filing for Social Security disability can be complicated as it is, and getting approved for benefits even more so. You’re going to need all the help you can get from a Michigan Social Security disability attorney to receive the benefits you deserve, so it helps to partner with the best one you can find.
Of course, it also helps if you’re well informed and prepared to face the potentially and arduous claims process. Here are four frequently asked questions about filing for Social Security disability that you need to know.
1. When exactly should I file for Social Security disability benefits?
You should file immediately after you discover your disability. The claims approval process is long, and the longer you wait to file, the longer you have to wait to get compensated for your disability. So don’t wait. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2v6liQg

Friday, July 28, 2017

Michigan Social Security Disability: Meeting or Equaling a Listing

The Social Security Agency (SSA) acknowledges that certain medical conditions have the power to incapacitate and debilitate a suffering individual. The SSA compiled a list of these conditions in the Listing of Impairments–known also as the SSA Blue Book–wherein an individual automatically becomes eligible for disability benefits once he or she qualifies. These conditions include:

  • Amputated leg
  • Severe congestive heart failure
  • Severe chronic kidney disease
  • Terminal cancer

Once an individual meets the qualifications for the conditions set in the Blue Book, he or she can qualify for disability benefits regardless of age, education, gender, work experience, or whether the evaluating physician says the person has functional limitations, such as being unable to walk or lift objects. Even if an individual doesn’t meet the qualifications, he or she can still be eligible if he or she can convince the SSA that the condition is ‘medically equivalent’ to the listing. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2uNqlJU

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Michigan Social Security Disability Attorneys—Appealing a Denied Claim

Denied Social Security disability claims are not uncommon. In fact, a large percentage of disability claims are denied on the first try, with reasons ranging from incomplete claim forms, lack of medical evidence, and failure to comply with the requirements of a consultative exam, among other things.

You may choose to accept the SSA’s rejection, or you can choose to fight it. Taking the time to appeal and getting your paperwork in order on the second try can increase your chances of getting approved for the benefits that you believe you deserve. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2tHT7ui

Friday, July 14, 2017

Michigan Social Security Disability Attorneys Discuss Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a common symptom of any debilitating injury. As such, it’s not unusual for individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits to have chronic pain problems. Plenty of medical conditions can cause such symptoms, from diseases such as diabetes and interstitial pneumonia to physical injuries such as an amputated arm.

Unfortunately, not all causes of chronic pain are easy to identify. In such cases, it can be difficult for a person filing a Social Security disability claim to qualify for benefits. That said, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to perform five steps to determine if a person’s chronic pain qualifies for Social Security disability insurance (SSI). Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2uODfrf

Monday, July 3, 2017

Michigan Social Security Disability: The Importance of Your ADL Form

When applying for Social Security benefits for a disability in Michigan, you will be asked to fill out an ADL or ‘activities of daily living’ form. Basically, ADL consists of activities that you perform on a regular daily basis. These include everything you would normally do in a single day, such as bathing, brushing, grooming, and even shopping and recreation. Your ability to perform your ADL is of particular interest to the Social Security Agency (SSA), because they use this as a way to determine whether to accept or reject your Social Security Disability benefits application.

In your ADL form, you’ll need to describe how your disability is starting to affect the way you perform daily tasks. Here’s how to write down information on your ADL to increase your chances of getting approved. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2tHKGio

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Michigan Social Security Disability: Difference Between SSDI and SSI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages two federal benefit programs that provide monetary assistance to those who have permanent or extended disabilities that prevent them from being able to work. These two benefit programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Many first-time disability applicants are not aware of the difference between the two. Some even believe that they are the same thing. To help you know which disability benefit applies to your particular situation, your Michigan Social Security disability law firm shares with you the following information. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2tHIAPy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim in Michigan

Only about one-third of Social Security (SS) disability claims get approved at the initial stage. If you get denied, take heart—you can still appeal. You have options that let you continue to seek the benefits that can be the lifeline that helps you meet your monthly financial obligations.

Should I appeal or apply again?

If your SS disability claim is denied, you can choose to either reapply or appeal. Reapplying your Michigan Social Security disability claim requires the filing of a new application, which means you need to obtain the necessary documentations all over again. If you choose to appeal you claim, you won’t need to repeat the whole application process. However, you will need to update any outdated document, such as your list of current medications, medical consultations, and financial standing. You must also submit any documents missing from the initial filing. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2gK9JZN

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Social Security Disability Attorneys Discuss Facts and Things to Consider When Filing for Disability

Filing for disability can be an overwhelming experience. In recent years, the Social Security Administration has tightened their regulations and limited their approvals. What does that mean for you as an individual with a disability? It means that it can and will take longer to get your SSDI checks; the process can drag on. It is vital to have an attorney helping out with the paperwork and the overall procedure.

Cases, when handled by experienced social security disability attorneys, seem to settle quicker and with less hassle. In fact, your case is 50% more likely to have a favorable outcome with an attorney than filing alone. Here are some other facts you may not know. Read more on this blog: http://bit.ly/2vLSMn4

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hiring an Attorney to Help You Get Approved for Social Security Disability in Michigan

Remaining financially stable during a time of need due to a disability can quickly become stressful and overwhelming. With the mental, emotional, and physical toll that disability can often trigger, seeking out social security disability benefits is often the only option left available for those who are in need. Getting approved for social security disability in Michigan is not always simple, but can be less stressful with an attorney by your side.

Stating the Process of Filing for Social Security Disability

While it is possible to file for social security disability on your own and without the help of a lawyer, it can quickly become overwhelming and confusing for those who are unfamiliar with the legal system. Applying for social security disability in the state of Michigan often requires you to visit a specific office to make your case and begin filling out the proper forms necessary. Ensuring you file all documents completely and in a timely manner is imperative to avoid rejection, although many individuals experience getting rejected the first time they apply for financial assistance through the state depending on their needs and medical proof. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2gJsexl

Friday, May 12, 2017

Several Reasons Social Security Disability Claims Get Denied the First Time

When people get injured or have a severe medical or mental condition and they contemplate applying for social security disability, they generally think about reasons why they deserve such benefits. However, you may be better served thinking about why you might get declined in the interest of saving time and energy.
Disability Is Not Severe Enough
Even though you may be injured and unable to go back to work, the injury may not be long-term. You may, for example, have fractured a bone that will probably heal within the year. To qualify for SSDI benefits, the injury must be severe enough to last at least 12 months. If in fact, your bone injury lasts more than six months, then you might have a better chance. Social Security evaluates injuries on a case by case basis. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2qyLvZY

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Obtaining Social Security Disability: How You can Improve Your Odds

If you’re injured and can’t go back to work, there’s a glimmer of hope with social security disability benefits. Unfortunately, most people get denied the first time they apply. It happens to roughly 65% of all initial disability claims. Fortunately, there are ways you can improve your odds of getting accepted, even if it’s your second or third time applying.
Obtain a Written Statement from Doctors
A lot of SSDI cases get denied simply because there wasn’t enough evidence supporting the severity of injury or medical condition. You can obtain this evidence by getting a written statement from your doctor that describes your condition in great detail. In this report, symptoms you suffer daily are identified and information about how the condition limits your abilities is also provided. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2r7A4rG

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Everything You Need to Discuss When Talking to Social Security Disability Attorneys

When you’re disabled, not being able to earn a living takes a toll on your finances as well as your emotional state. That’s why social security disability exists: to give you the opportunity to maintain a normal life and pay for the essentials. Know what this process entails so you can clear up any confusion.
People often get SSDI and SSI confused because the initials are similar and they both offer benefits to the disabled. There are some major differences you should note about these two separate government programs, however. SSI, or supplementary income, is a program that’s strictly need-based according to income and assets. Funded by the government, it has nothing to do with work history. People who qualify for this program may also qualify for Medicaid and food stamps, depending on monthly income. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2pMoazy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Social Security Disability Benefits for People Who Worked Overseas

People who work in another country do so for a variety of reasons. Some work abroad to pursue better opportunities for their careers while others simply want a change of environment or pace. However, in the unfortunate event that a U.S. citizen gets injured and becomes disabled while working at a company headquarters in Canada where he has been assigned in the last couple of years, the question of whether or not he is entitled to social security disability (SSD) benefits when he comes home enters the picture.

SSD Eligibility for Individuals Who Worked Abroad

To be eligible for disability insurance, an individual in another country must have worked for a company that paid taxes, also referred to as FICA taxes, to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Self-employed individuals, on the other hand, must have paid self-employment or SECA taxes to the SSA to have SSD coverage. You may also be eligible for SSD benefits if you worked in a country with totalization agreements with the U.S.

The Practicality of Totalization Agreements

Totalization agreements ensure that an employee doesn’t lose social security protection abroad. These agreements are international Social Security agreements between the U.S. and other countries, such as Canada, Germany, France, and Japan, which have similar or comparable Social Security systems. This prevents double Social Security taxation for people who have careers in the U.S. and abroad. This means that an overseas worker covered under the U.S. Social Security system is entitled to all the same disability benefits as a worker who has never been employed abroad. Coverage will depend on the terms of the totalization agreement between the foreign country and the United States.

U.S. International Social Security Agreements, SSA.gov

Monday, February 13, 2017

Social Security Disability Benefits are Available for Broken Bones

You may think that you can easily obtain Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits for a broken bone since the injury is so obvious, and you’d be wrong. The problem with bone fractures is that you can only qualify for SSDI if you’re likely to be disabled for at least a year. Unfortunately, fractures often heal in less than a year, compelling SS evaluators to deny you initially unless you can provide further proof.

Though most fractures heal without permanent injury, this might cause several complications that can lead to disability. If you’re able to prove this, then you increase your chances at getting approved. Complications that can arise from a broken bone include:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lesson in Social Security Disability Terms: What is Technical Denial?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a technical denial to an applicant who fails to meet the non-medical requirements of the disability benefit program he or she is applying for. Receiving a technical denial means that your application will not proceed to evaluation for a medical determination.

For Social Security disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the SSA may issue a ‘technical denial’ based on the following factors: