The vast majority of applications for Social Security Disability
will be denied. Even if you have a strong case, the Social Security Administration may deny your claim in the hope that you will not pursue an appeal, thereby saving the government money.
Once you have completed an application for disability benefits, the government reviews your medical evidence to determine disability.
Your local Michigan Disability Determination Services office makes the first judgment on your request. This typically takes three to four months. Nationwide, nearly 70 percent of claims are rejected.
What to Do If Your Claim Is Denied?
About half of those rejected once stop asking. If you are denied in the state of Michigan
, the next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. These judges have the authority to grant, remand or deny your appeal.
This stage represents your best chance of obtaining disability benefits, and it is important to prepare properly. Having a competent disability advocate or Social Security attorney can significantly increase your chances of being approved.
You can still appeal once more with the Social Security Administration to the Appeals Council.
If you do not agree with the action the Appeals Council has taken, the appeal moves out of the administrative courts.
Subsequent appeals are filed in the federal courts: U.S. District Court, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.
Having a Qualified Attorney Is Essential
Choosing the right attorney to help you is critical. Having a qualified attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability law will greatly increase the chances of a favorable decision. In addition, legal fees for Social Security cases are mandated by the Social Security Administration, and in most cases are only awarded to representatives as a percentage of claimant's back pay with a maximum allowable fee of $6,000 (as of June 2009). Therefore, there is no upfront cost to having a lawyer handle a Social Security Disability case.
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