Bloomfield Hills Social Security Disability Lawyer Assists Claimants
Knowledgeable Michigan law firm skillfully handles appeals when benefits are denied
The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm, P.C. has extensive experience helping clients obtain Social Security Disability benefits. If you expect to be unable to work for at least 12 months due to injury or illness, we may be able to help you too. Even if all the facts show that you are entitled to benefits, actually securing payments can be a difficult and confusing undertaking. You can rely on our Michigan law firm to guide you through the filing process and strongly advocate for you in an appeal if your initial claim is denied. We represent individuals in Bloomfield Hills and throughout the Detroit area.
Experienced legal adviser carefully prepares initial disability claims
In your disability application, you’ll need to outline your work history, education and other basic information and provide evidence of your medical condition. Once you’ve supplied all the required information, your Social Security field office will review your claim to make sure you meet basic non-medical criteria for getting benefits. For Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must have accumulated enough work credits over the previous 10 years by having Social Security deductions taken from your paycheck. For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you must have a very low income and few available assets, in addition to being disabled.
Next, your claim will undergo a review by Disability Determination Services (DDS). This agency will rigorously scrutinize your medical evidence to decide whether you qualify for benefits. We can reduce the stress of filling out all the needed paperwork and improve the chances of an initial claim approval by preparing the application for you and ensuring your medical information is carefully and completely documented.
Knowledgeable attorney staunchly advocates for claimants in SSD appeals cases
If DDS denies your claim it will explain why in the denial letter. Often, claims are denied because the agency doesn’t believe the claimant’s disability is severe enough to warrant benefits. In most cases, it must be shown that the individual’s ailment is serious enough to disable a person for at least a year, or result in their death. If you’ve been denied, you must appeal within 60 days of receiving the denial letter. Here are the appeals process steps in Michigan:
- Reconsideration in which someone who didn’t review your claim the first time will look at it.
- If the reconsideration is unsuccessful, you can ask for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, who will make the determination.
- Finally, you can request an Appeals Council review of your claim if the judge’s decision wasn’t in your favor.
If you are still unsuccessful following the Appeals Council review, you may wish to file a lawsuit in federal court, which we can help you with. However, the sooner you work with an attorney, the better chance you have of being approved more quickly. We will examine what information may have been missing or whether mistakes were made in your initial claim and staunchly advocate for you during your appeal.
Will getting SSD benefits affect my personal injury settlement?
If you received compensation for your injuries in a personal injury settlement or award, this compensation will not affect your SSDI benefits. However, if you are applying for SSI benefits, which are income-based, you could be disqualified from getting them. We can advise you about potential strategies for obtaining benefits if you are in this situation.
Contact our respected Michigan disability lawyers for a free consultation about your claim
The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills assists clients in Michigan in filing Social Security Disability claims and bringing appeals following claim denials. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at [ln::phone] or contact us online.