Michigan Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you’ve suffered a disability that keeps you from being able to work, Social Security Disability benefits are there to reward you for your lifetime of sacrifice and make up for the income you’ve lost. However, the struggle to get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve can feel like an overwhelming journey, filled with complex forms and confusing legal language. The challenge is so great, in fact, that most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits never get them. But with the right kind of help, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. At Nationwide Disability Law, we understand the challenges you’re facing and the necessity of skilled legal assistance for a successful application. With our firm by your side, we not only navigate these difficult waters together but also chart a course for success. Contact our experienced Michigan Social Security Disability lawyer today for a free consultation to get started today getting the benefits you need and are entitled to by law.
The Utmost in Personal Attention for Your Social Security Disability Claim
As a client of Nationwide Disability Law, you’ll start to rest easy from the moment you put your case in our hands. You might feel like you are drowning in a sea of forms, but we’ve dealt with thousands of cases like yours and know exactly what to do. If you felt lost before, now you know you have a plan for success. Our lead attorney, Christopher Pozios, is highly experienced in Social Security Disability claims and attends all hearings personally. We put a great deal of time into communicating with providers and building your case so we have a complete file by the time it gets to the judge.
As important as success in your case is to us, it is equally important that you feel heard and respected. We are committed to providing our clients with impeccable client service and communication. Not only will you receive a same-day response to your inquiries; we even reach out to you when there isn’t any news, just to keep you updated and make sure you know we are actively paying attention to you and the status of your case. If this level of service is important to you, you’ve found a home at Nationwide Disability Law.
Comprehensive Assistance With Disability Claims
As a Social Security Disability law firm, we encounter people with disability claims in related areas outside of Social Security and strive to help wherever we can. If you are a veteran needing help with a VA Disability claim, or if you are struggling with a long-term disability (LTD) claim governed by strict ERISA rules, we’ll either help you personally or connect you with a qualified legal professional in our network who can provide the best service to meet your needs. At Nationwide Disability Law, we never lose sight of how important our job is to help people who are truly in need of help.
Michigan Social Security Disability FAQS
In our experience, people come to us loaded with questions about Social Security Disability, wondering how soon they can start receiving benefits, how much they can expect to receive, and even how to go about getting started. We offer those people a free initial consultation, during which we attempt to answer all of their questions and put them at ease knowing they’ve contacted a law firm with the experience and expertise needed to handle their claim and help them get their benefits, even if they’ve already been denied the first time by Social Security.
Below we’ve collected some of the questions we get most often at our offices in Mount Clemens and Traverse City as we guide people through the process of collecting SSD. If you have other questions or if you need professional legal help with either an initial filing or appealing a denial, Nationwide Disability Law is here for you. Contact Nationwide Disability Law for a free consultation with an experienced Michigan SSD claims lawyer today.
Q: How much money can I get in SSD benefits?
A: The amount of money you can receive in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits varies depending on your past earnings. In 2023, the average SSD benefit is approximately $1,300 per month, but the maximum can go up to $3,345. It’s best to consult with a disability lawyer to estimate your potential benefits accurately.
Q: How soon can I start receiving SSD?
A: Typically, you will start receiving SSD benefits after a five-month waiting period from the onset of your disability. This waiting period starts from the date your disability begins, not from the date you apply for benefits.
Q: Is it ever possible to get benefits that cover those first five months?
A: Yes. In some cases, you may be eligible for retroactive benefits for up to 12 months before the date you applied, assuming you were disabled during that time. At Nationwide Disability Law, we base our contingency fee on our ability to obtain retroactive benefits for you.
Q: Can I get SSD for a partial disability?
A: No. The Social Security Administration (SSA) only grants SSD benefits for total disability, meaning you are unable to perform your old job or engage in other substantial gainful activity. Unlike other programs, SSA does not offer benefits for partial disability.
Q: Can I get SSD for a temporary disability?
A: No. SSD benefits are only available for long-term, total disabilities that are expected to last at least one year or result in death.
Q: Can I go back to work without losing my benefits?
A: If you find that you can return to work, then your benefits will be discontinued. However, the SSA has work incentive programs like the “trial work period” that allow you to test your ability to work for at least nine months without risking your benefits.
Q: What is Substantial Gainful Activity?
A: Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) is a term used by the SSA to refer to a level of work activity and earnings. If you’re earning more than a certain monthly limit, the SSA might consider that you’re engaging in SGA and are not disabled.
Q: How does SSA determine if I am disabled?
A: The SSA determines if you’re disabled based on your inability to work. They consider factors such as the severity of your medical condition, the type of work you did, whether you can do other types of work, and how long your disability is expected to last.
Q: How long will it take to settle my case and start getting benefits?
A: The time it takes to settle an SSD case and start receiving benefits varies greatly and depends on various factors such as the nature of your disability, how quickly SSA can obtain medical evidence, whether your claim is randomly selected for review, etc. It can take from a few months to over two years.
Q: How do I apply for SSD?
A: You can apply for SSD benefits online, by phone, or in person at your local Social Security office. Our attorneys at Nationwide Disability Law can guide you through the application process. We can help you avoid making the technical mistakes that result in so many applications getting turned away.
Q: What are SSD Survivor Benefits?
A: SSD Survivor Benefits are benefits that a deceased person’s family can receive if the deceased was eligible for SSD. The eligibility and amount of these benefits depend on the deceased’s earning record.
Q: Can a disabled adult child get SSD without any work credits?
A: Yes. A disabled adult can apply for benefits under their parent’s earnings record if they became disabled before age 22. These benefits are known as Child’s Benefits or Disabled Adult Child Benefits.
For any further questions or clarification on any of the above, feel free to contact us at Nationwide Disability Law. An experienced Michigan Social Security Disability lawyer is ready to help you navigate the complex world of SSD benefits.
Serving Mount Clemens, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Flint, Wayne, Oakland & Macomb County & Nationwide
With offices in Mount Clemens and Traverse City, Nationwide Disability Law covers all of Michigan. We are also qualified and capable to handle cases anywhere in the U.S., so no matter where you are, our firm can help you find success on your disability claim. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our cases are 100% contingency fee-based. This means we never charge you any legal fees unless we obtain benefits on your behalf, and only if we achieve retroactive benefits. Not every disability law firm makes this promise, so be sure to consider all that Nationwide Disability Law has to offer when you make the important decision to have a lawyer help you get the benefits you need. Call our experienced Michigan Social Security Disability attorney, and get started today getting the benefits you need and deserve.
There is confidence that comes from expertise, and there is peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve found a compassionate law firm that understands what you are going through and has a plan to get you the benefits you need and deserve.