Social Security disability benefits provide a monthly benefit amount to those who are unable to earn an income as a direct result of having a disabling condition or impairment. When a person who is suffering from a disability is denied benefits, the costs of living and medical care can be overwhelming. When you’re applying for Social Security disability benefits in Michigan, consult with an experienced attorney to improve your chances of your claim being approved.
Why Your Social Security Claim May Be Denied
Even if you have a legitimate disability and are in need of Social Security disability benefits, your claim may be denied. In fact from 2001 to 2010, nearly 53% of all disability claims were denied.
Most claims are denied due to an incomplete or inaccurate Social Security disability application. Some reasons why your Social Security disability claim may be denied include:
- Your disability isn’t severe enough;
- Your disability isn’t expected to last at least 12 months or result in death;
- You earn too much money;
- You have not released your medical records to the Social Security Administration;
- You have not participated in requested examinations; or
- You exaggerated your disability or income level.
Your Rights If Denied Social Security Disability
While a claim denial can be heartbreaking, you have the right to appeal the decision. You must file an appeal within 60 days of the denial date; if you do not submit your appeal within the 60-day time-frame, your appeal request will likely be denied absent good cause for late filing.
Once the disability appeal is filed, you will be awaiting a court date before an Administrative Law Judge; this process can typically take around 12 – 18 months. Certain circumstances may merit expediting a claim, including evidence of a substantial hardship such as homelessness or imminent threat of homelessness (eviction notice, utility shut-off notices, etc.). However, even with such proof, cases may still be delayed due to the overwhelming requests received by the courts and the current backlog in scheduling these cases.
During the hearing, you may present any new evidence, and witnesses and experts may testify on your behalf. It is extremely important that you work with a knowledgeable Social Security disability attorney who can present your case and advocate on your behalf.
Speak with our Michigan Disability Lawyers Today
Waiting on Social Security disability benefits in Michigan can leave you hopeless and anxious. And if your claim has been denied, you may feel overwhelmed about what to do next. Before you give up, consult with a skilled Michigan Social Security disability lawyer for guidance. At the Disability Attorneys of Michigan, our Social Security attorneys are ready to get to work on your claim today.
To learn more, contact the Disability Attorneys of Michigan today, by filling out the free consultation form below or by calling us for a free case consultation at 800-949-2900.