If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you’re not alone. Many individuals who are truly disabled and unable to work are denied benefits at the initial application stage.
The experienced Michigan social security disability lawyers at Wigod & Falzon have helped many clients navigate the complex appeals process and successfully secure the benefits they need and deserve. Our dedicated team can even help you fill out the original application, before you get turned down the first time.
We understand the stress and uncertainty that can come with a denied claim, and we are dedicated to fighting for our clients and ensuring they receive the support they need during this difficult time.
Understanding Social Security Disability and Social Security Insurance
Social Security Disability (SSD) and Social Security Income (SSI) are both programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), but they are different in terms of eligibility criteria and the benefits provided.
Social Security Disability (SSD) is a program that provides financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a long-term medical condition. Although one may apply for Social Security benefits after 6 months of disability, to qualify for SSD, an individual must have a medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
The individual must also have worked and paid into the Social Security system for a certain period.
SSD qualifications include:
- Your recent inability to work and/or your ability to do the same work you have done in the past;
- The severity of your medical condition(s);
- Your current medical treatment;
- Age and education
Social Security Income (SSI) is a program that provides financial assistance to individuals who have limited income and resources. SSI is intended for people who are disabled, blind, or over 65 years of age and with little or no income.
Eligibility for SSI does not depend on an individual’s work history or prior contributions to the Social Security system. However, SSI benefits are generally lower than those provided by SSD.
SSI qualifications include:
- Over 65 years of age with little or no income
Understanding the Social Security Disability Appeal Process
If you have been denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to know that the appeals process can be complex and time-consuming. However, many initial claims are denied but later approved through appeals.
As a Michigan law firm that specializes in representing clients during the social security disability appeals process, we want to ensure that our clients are well-informed and understand what to expect during the appeals process.
First, it’s important to know that there are four levels of appeal:
- Appeals Council
- Federal Court Review
Each level of appeal has specific deadlines and requirements that must be met.
Additionally, having strong evidence, such as updated medical records and expert opinions, can greatly increase the chances of a successful appeal. Your attorney and dedicated support team will work with you to gather and present the necessary evidence to support your claim.
It’s also important to know that representation by an attorney can greatly improve your chances of success. The attorneys at Wigod & Falzon have the experience and knowledge to navigate the Michigan social security disability appeals process and present your claim in the most favorable light possible.
Wigod & Falzon: Expert Michigan Social Security Disability Attorneys
Our firm is committed to fighting for our clients and ensuring they receive the support they need during this difficult time. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure your claim is given the attention it deserves.
We understand that Social Security Disability matters can be overwhelming – if your claim has been denied, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Wigod & Falzon today! We would be happy to help you navigate the legal landscape and ensure that you get what is rightfully yours.
Reach out to our legal team today for a free, no-commitment consultation.