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Legal help is key when filing for Social Security disability

When people in Michigan are suffering from mental illness, physical illness, injuries or any other issue that is preventing them from functioning normally and being able to work, an option they have is to file for Social Security Disability. This is an integral part of society to assist those who are unable to work and need to receive help in supporting themselves.

There are two options: Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance. It's important to know which is applicable depending on the circumstances. Filing for benefits has many nuances that need to be understood. A person might believe that he or she can handle the process alone and won't want to pay for legal help. This is often a mistake. Frequently, the difference between being awarded benefits and receiving a denial has to do with following the process correctly. A mistake in the filing process can cost a deserving person benefits.

Even when there is a claim that has been denied, there are options. The Social Security Administration has an appeals process in which a person can seek to have the decision reconsidered. This is not a formality that the initial denial will automatically be upheld. Even those who might have filed for benefits without the assistance of a legal professional can still receive Social Security disability if they file their appeal correctly. It's important to know the difference between SSI and SSDI. SSI is for people have have never been employed or for those who haven't worked for five of the previous 10 years. There are also asset limitations. For SSDI, the person must be injured or ill to the degree that they can't work and this has to have lasted for at least 12 months. These problems might have happened while working.

Social Security Disability is in place to help those who are afflicted with disabilities, have mental illness, physical illness, injuries and for many other reasons. Even those who are unsure as to whether they qualify may want to file if they believe they need the assistance. For more information please visit our website.

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