If you have a disability that impacts your ability to work, you rely on disability benefits to get by. Those benefits may come from the Social Security Administration, a private disability insurance policy, or the Veterans Administration. When your benefits are denied, you may be unsure where else to turn.
At Bassett Murray Law Group, we have helped numerous Ann Arbor, MI residents apply for disability benefits and appeal application and claim denials. If you need help claiming disability benefits in Ann Arbor, MI, look no further than Bassett Murray Law Group. Contact us today at 734-930-9200 to schedule a consultation.
Types of Disability Benefits in Michigan
Michigan residents who meet specific criteria can claim a few types of disability benefits. The two main types include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits.
SSDI benefits are available to people who have worked long enough and recently enough and paid Social Security taxes on their earnings. You can apply for these benefits if you have a medical condition that restricts your ability to be employed.
Meanwhile, SSI benefits provide monthly payments to children and adults with disabilities or blindness who have low incomes and resources.
Michigan also offers State Disability Assistance (SDA) to people who receive disability-related benefits and meet asset limits, income requirements, and residency requirements.
If you experienced an injury at work that left you with a disability, you may also qualify for workers’ compensation.
Applying for Disability Benefits
Before you apply for benefits, you should ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements. You can find out about eligibility for disability benefits on the SSA website. Generally, you must meet certain medical requirements to begin receiving disability benefits, but there are also income and asset requirements for some programs.
Application for private disability insurance benefits can usually be made through your employer. If you are turned down, you should consult with an attorney experienced in disability claims. Bassett Murray Law Group PLLC is experienced and can help.
For SSDI and SSI, you can apply for disability benefits on the Social Security Administration website. Be sure to gather all necessary information in advance to streamline your application. This information may include the following:
- Demographic information (name, address, Social Security number, etc.)
- Details about your medical condition (contact information for doctors, names of medications, etc.)
- Details about your work (your annual income, your employer’s information, etc.)
You may need to supply several documents, including your:
- Birth certificate
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status
- W-2 forms for the last year
- Medical evidence
- Military discharge papers (if applicable)
What To Do If the SSA or the VA Denies Your Benefits
If you believe you are eligible for VA, SSI or SSDI benefits and your application was denied, working with an experienced attorney can help you appeal your claim denial.
Your claim may have been denied for several reasons, such as:
- You left out critical information
- Your disability is challenging to diagnose
- You failed to complete a step in the application process
We can gather evidence to support your eligibility for disability benefits. We can also review your application closely to determine whether you accidentally omitted any information.
Then, we can submit an appeal on your behalf to improve your chances of receiving disability benefits.
Contact a Qualified Disability Benefits Attorney Today
If the SSA, VA or private disability insurance has denied your disability benefits application, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact our team at Bassett Murray Law Group in Ann Arbor, MI, today at 734-930-9200 to schedule your consultation.