Social Security Disability Attorneys Serving All Of Michigan
Are you considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits? If so, we encourage you to contact Steele & Ferguson, P.C., for skilled guidance. Our SSDI attorneys have more than 30 years of experience in helping clients throughout Michigan get the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve.
From the start of your application, having an experienced SSDI lawyer on your side can greatly improve your chances of being approved for disability benefits. If your disability claim has been denied, we can represent you throughout the appeals process. IMPORTANT: A denial is not the end of the road, and the Social Security Administration is now doing an increased number of reconsiderations. If your application has been denied, you can request a reconsideration. We can handle this and all aspects of your case — and make the process as smooth as possible.
For a free consultation, please call us at 888-471-2002 or complete our contact form. With our office centrally located in Flint, our SSDI attorneys represent clients throughout Michigan. We are also proud to offer home visits when injuries or illnesses prevent our clients from coming to us.
Our SSDI Lawyers Are Here To Help You
Our office is fully equipped with skilled legal professionals who can guide you through the initial application or appeals process. The SSDI attorneys at Steele & Ferguson, P.C., can assist you with:
- Determining eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Discuss the impairments that may be recognized by the Social Security Administration
- Determine a date that you were initially injured or became ill
- Work with your medical team to submit evidence of your injury and treatment
- If your SSDI claim has been denied, we can work with you to submit an appeal, as well as represent you during the administrative hearings.
- Prepare you for any questions at the administrative hearing
Why Hire Steele & Ferguson?
The moment that you consider filing for SSDI benefits, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a free consultation. Having an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side can give you peace of mind when you submit your application. You also need a skilled attorney who is familiar with the appeals process if your initial application has been denied. Remember, the vast majority of applications are denied on the first try, but your chances of success increase greatly when you appeal the decision with the help of an SSDI lawyer.
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Frequently asked questions we see about Social Security Disability
Here are some of the most common questions our social security disability lawyers get from people. Note these are informational only and every situation is unique:
- Am I eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
- How common are SSDI denials?
- How long after a disability hearing will I get an answer?
- Can I collect Social Security Disability and unemployment at the same time?
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet the following general requirements:
- You must have worked in a job covered by Social Security for a certain amount of time.
- You must have paid Social Security taxes during your employment.
- You must have a disability that meets the requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
More specifically, your eligibility for SSDI benefits will depend on the following:
- First, you must be able to prove that your disability has lasted a year or more, or is expected to last a year or more, or is a terminal disability.
- Next, the SSA must determine that your disability prevents you from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) and that you cannot continue to do the work you did prior to your disability.
- Finally, the SSA must determine that your condition prevents you from finding alternative employment due to either the disability itself, your age, or educational requirements.
Meeting these requirements can be challenging and can potentially take weeks or months of back-and-forth correspondence with the SSA before a decision is reached. For this reason, it is important that you keep detailed medical records that prove the severity of your disability. It is also important that you work with an attorney at our firm to help ensure that you get the benefits you need. For a free consultation regarding your benefits, we encourage you to contact us today.
Very common. In fact, the vast majority of SSDI applications are denied on the first try. However, the likelihood of success increases greatly if you appeal the initial denial with the help of an SSDI attorney. Also, the Social Security Administration is currently doing an increased amount of reconsiderations. If your SSDI application has been denied, you can request a reconsideration. Our SSDI lawyers can handle this part and all aspects of your case to make the process as smooth as possible.
If your SSDI claim has been denied, you can take your case to the next level through the appeals process. This can involve a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). After a hearing with the ALJ, you can usually expect to receive an answer within two to three months. However, there is no set deadline for the ALJ to deliver a decision, so the actual wait time could be longer or shorter.
Nowhere does the law say that you cannot collect both disability and unemployment benefits; however, this would be a very unusual circumstance because both types of benefits generally exclude the other on the basis of their requirements. For example, to collect Social Security Disability benefits, you must be unable to work. To collect unemployment benefits, you must be willing and able to work but unable to find employment. However, there are certainly exceptions to these scenarios in which someone may be able to collect benefits for both.
Contact Us Today
Get the SSDI representation you need. For a free consultation, please call us at 888-471-2002 or complete our contact form. Our main office is in Flint, and our Social Security Disability lawyers represent clients statewide.