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Filing a Social Security Disability appeal


The denial of a Social Security Disability claim can make life extremely difficult for people with disabilities. As stated in one of our earlier posts, Michigan residents can appeal the SSA's decision to deny disability benefits.

The rules provide for a four-stage appeal process, which can be a long and tedious process and may involve complex paperwork. The process to obtain Social Security Disability benefits can sometimes drag on for as long as two years, which may cause financial hardship for a prospective recipient. The applicant must bear the burden of providing the evidence that meets the SSA's qualifications for benefits and proves eligibility for receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

If a first application for benefits is denied, it may be helpful to get more information about how to go about filing an appeal of the denial. At our law firm, we attempt to identify the problems with the initial application that might have led to rejection. We then attempt to consider the changes that are needed so that the application is accepted during the first stage of the appeals process. If no problem with the previous application can be identified, it can be important to draft an appeal that will strengthen the case presented to the appellate authority.

At our law firm we may be able to help prepare a client for appeals proceedings to remove any apprehension a client might have appearing before a judge. We attempt to guide our clients through this entire process of a Social Security Disability appeal and ensure that our clients get their best shot at receiving benefits.

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