Michigan residents who suffer from disabilities that make it hard to work still have bills and expenses just like everyone else. Not being able to hold a job because of a physical or psychological disability can make life extremely difficult. Fortunately, federal law recognizes that certain disabilities are beyond any individual’s control and that everyone must be able to live independently while having their basic needs met. This is why the Social Security Disability Insurance program was established.
Disability claims, however, are not automatically approved. The burden of proof falls on individuals to show that their health and employment prospects are compromised by their disabilities. This is not always easy. Claimants generally need to establish that their disabilities have led to a lack of employment and are likely to keep them from ever finding regular work, and that their annual income is lower than the legally prescribed limit.
For many of these disabled claimants, SSDI benefits represent their only real hope of regular income – and often their only source of income. But, if they are among the hundreds of benefit claimants who are denied every year in Michigan, they may feel despair.
Fortunately, help is available if these applicants want to appeal decisions made by the Social Security Administration. At our law firm we have helped clients meet the legal challenges required to successfully appeal SSA decisions and obtain SSDI benefits. Denied claims can be appealed within two months of the initial decision. Final decisions are made by administrative law judges.