When an illness or injury prevents a Michigan resident from working, Social Security Disability benefits may be available to help make ends meet. It is not essential that an applicant for SSD benefits demonstrate a total inability to work, just that they show they are unable to perform the duties of any job they are otherwise qualified to accept. To make this determination, the Social Security Administration requires extensive documentation from the applicant. This documentation includes medical records and reports prepared by the applicant's physicians.
It is not unusual for SSD benefits applications to be denied initially. When this happens, the applicant has the right to appeal and have their case heard by an administrative law judge. Oftentimes some additional documentation is all that is necessary to get the initial decision overturned and the application approved.
The application process and the documentation requirements are complex and strict. Getting the right information about applying for benefits may be able to significantly increase the odds of an application being approved.
At the Wayne County law firm of Miller Cohen, PLC, we do our best to represent Michigan residents applying for Social Security Disability benefits. We have successfully helped many individuals with initial applications, as well as appeals. We understand the law governing qualification for benefits, the procedures that must be followed and the strategies that can lead to a successful result. We understand how to work with medical professionals to develop the supporting documentation that is essential for a successful application. For more information on our Social Security Disability benefits practice, please visit our web page.