Michigan disability benefits lawyer

Once You’re Approved for SSD Benefits: What Happens Next?

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You’ve done everything the right way and are relieved to receive your disability award letter in the mail. But what does this mean? And what happens next? When the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your application and you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the SSA will send you an award letter, which outlines…

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Can I Receive SSD Benefits for Schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia, a serious, psychotic mental disorder, can impact your life drastically as do so many visible illnesses. It can make it very difficult to control your behavior, distinguish delusions or hallucinations from reality, think logically, and even interact socially in a normal manner. A Spectrum Disorder However, schizophrenia is also known as a “spectrum” disorder…

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Can Alcohol or Drug Use Impact My Disability Claim?

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The Social Security Administration no longer awards disability benefits for those who are solely struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. But what happens if you are disabled and you, are struggling with substance abuse as well? Can you still receive benefits? Is Your Disability Caused or Worsened By Addiction? As stated, the SSA will not…

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Can You Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits for “Invisible Illnesses?”

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Many disabilities are evident just by looking at someone. When someone sees clues that another person has a disability (e.g. they are using a wheelchair), there is a common understanding that special accommodations should be made to help that person. But what about disabilities that cannot be seen? Just because a disability is not always…

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Can Gaps in Medical Treatment Impact Your SSD Case?

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An applicant’s complete medical records are important pieces of evidence to help prove your case. Therefore, it is critical to continue with your medical treatment and doctor visits to ensure your medical records are up-to-date. That’s why when there is a gap in treatment in your medical records and no reason is listed, the SSA…

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What Happens to My Social Security Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?

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When someone receiving disability benefits reaches the age of full retirement, there are two major changes that will occur. First, your benefits will no longer be paid out via Social Security Disability, but rather through SSA’s retirement program. Fortunately, you will not have to deal with any interruption of payment during this period of transition….

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