The inability to work and earn a living can be a frustrating and overwhelming prospect for you and your Michigan family. It is disheartening to find yourself in a place where you can no longer meet the demands of your job due to a medical issue or physical injury.

If you find yourself in this position, your financial well-being is at stake. You may be able to seek disability benefits, but it is smart to carefully prepare for the process of applying for and seeking the financial support you need. There are several things you need to gather and get ready as you prepare to pursue these benefits.

Preparing for your claim

The disability claims process can be quite complex. Many people find the process overwhelming and confusing, and many first-time applicants find their initial claims come back denied. One way you can avoid disappointing setbacks and other issues is to carefully prepare your claim before you submit it. Some of the information you will need includes the following:

  • You will have to provide basic information about yourself, including name, contact information and tax forms.
  • The Social Security Administration requires information about your medical condition. You will have to provide information about your doctors and other medical providers and also documentation about your treatment, such as dates of treatment, types of treatment you require and more.
  • You need to provide information about the job you had before the onset of your disabling condition and how it affects your ability to work.

Despite careful preparations and completed paperwork, it is still possible that your initial claim will not get approval from the SSA. Unfortunately, this is quite common, and a significant number of initial claims come back denied. This is not the end of the road for you. Through a request for reconsideration and the appeals process, you might be able to continue your fight for the financial support you need.

You do not have to fight alone

You may be dealing with a disabling medical condition and an application process that is frustrating and complex, but you do not have to deal with it on your own. Many people find it beneficial to seek guidance from a legal professional experienced specifically in the Social Security Disability claims process.

If you are getting ready to apply for benefits, it is never too early to seek help and support. It might be helpful for you to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case and an explanation of what to expect from the claims process.