Social Security disability programs provide disabled workers with cash benefits. If you are unable to work for at least a year due to disability, you might qualify for a federal disability program.
You can qualify for Social Security disability benefits by meeting the requirements for one of two programs. For both, you need medical evidence that you are unable to work for at least a year due to one or more disabilities.
To qualify for the Social Security Disability Insurance program, you need to have paid into the system for at least 10 years. You pay into the system through Social Security payroll taxes. You also must be below retirement age to qualify for these benefits.
To be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, you must have an income below the federal benefit rate. In 2020, the FBR is $783 per month for individuals and $1,175 for couples.
You can begin the process of filing a disability claim online, by phone, or in-person at your local Social Security Administration office. The SSA needs information about your work and tax-paying history, as well as medical documentation about your current disability.
Many disability claims are initially rejected, but they can be appealed several times. At this stage, you should search for a disability attorney near you to help you strengthen your case.
A disability lawyer can help you build your claim initially to avoid an appeal. However, if you are faced with an appeal, you need someone who knows and understands Social Security disability laws and processes.
You can appeal unfavorable SSA decisions until you reach a federal court, usually the fourth round of appeals. Each time, you are able to present additional medical evidence that might help your case. A disability lawyer can significantly improve your chances of getting disability benefits on the first or second round of appeals.
Look for a trusted law firm that takes cases in personal injury and workplace injury law. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., has a law office that serves people in Warren, Michigan. We offer free consultations, and if we take your case, you’ll only pay for our legal services if you win your case.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., can help you navigate the legal issues surrounding disability claims. If you have any questions about social security disability benefits or your claim, call us at 866-MICH-LAW.
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Oakland County, Michigan
While in the hospital a mother of three was not properly treated for a closed-head injury causing her untimely death.
A Livonia pedestrian recovered $1.4 million when he was struck by a commercial van resulting in a traumatic brain injury in Redford, Michigan.
Wayne County, Michigan
Patient suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage when a hospital failed to recognize internal bleeding and treatment was delayed for more than 14 hours.
Tuscola County, Michigan
A Tuscola County jury awarded $3.3 million to a severely brain injured motorist as the result of a defective Michigan highway.
A seventeen-year-old construction worker suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting from a fall in Flint, Michigan, and was awarded $1.25 million.
Wayne County, Michigan
Middle-aged woman suffered severe disfiguring facial burns from a simple surgical procedure.
Child developed cerebral palsy with developmental delays due to lack of oxygen and brain injury during labor and delivery.
A Westland construction worker recovered $1.5 million after sustaining a traumatic brain injury while on a construction site in Detroit, Michigan.
A Marlette, Michigan, family reached a $1.3 million settlement in the traffic death of their 5-year-old son when they were struck by a semi truck.
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A construction worker redeemed his worker’s compensation case for $125,000 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Brighton, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan
A Brighton family recovered $1.3 million and a Detroit family recovered $900,000 as the result of birth injuries and medical malpractice to their children.
Bay City, Michigan
A Bay City grandmother was awarded $80,000 following an auto accident resulting in a broken leg.