Social Security has two primary functions; to provide a steady monetary benefit upon reaching retirement age and providing financial support in the event you become disabled. Rarely is there ever a problem getting benefits upon retirement, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those that claim disability benefits; in the majority of cases the claim is denied.
The appeals process:
Do not be overly disappointed if your application for disability benefits is denied, about 65 percent of all claims are. If you did not hire a Social Security lawyer in Michigan to help you prepare your initial claim, now is the time to do it.
There are plenty of reasons why a claim will be denied. Claims adjusters often make mistakes, or perhaps your disability is not expected to last a minimum of a year that it must to be approved for benefits.
There are several stages to the appeals process; you can actually take your case to Federal Court if need be but this rarely happens.
* The initial stage is to ask that your initial claim is reviewed. You have sixty days after you were notified that your claim has been denied to institute this request. Although periodically the review results in approval, this is rare because nothing really has changed.
* The next step is to request a hearing in the presence of an Administrative Law Judge. Although the waiting time is quite lengthy, two-thirds of those that proceed to the hearing stage are approved.
* Your Social Security lawyer in Detroit will attend the hearing with you, this puts you at a distance advantage as he or she will have tutored you in advance of what questions to expect.
Prior to the hearing, your lawyer will ensure that any additional information of importance to your claim has been presented to the judge.
If you are disabled and your claim for disability benefits has been denied your next step should be to hire a seasoned Social Security lawyer in Michigan. For a free case consultation you are invited to contact Thurswell Law.