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Handling Your Initial Determination and Administrative Hearing

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A Macomb County disability lawyer can help you with every aspect of the application process for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) currently provides an appeals process allowing claimant’s four separate claim and appeals procedures. While the initial application may be relatively self-explanatory for most applicants, subsequent requests for reconsideration or appeal may be more difficult to decipher. For this reason, working with a Macomb County disability lawyer may be the best option for you as you navigate the SSA’s complex and often-confusing labyrinth.

Initiating a Claim

You have the option of initiating your claim either online, over the phone or in person at an SSA field office. The application requires basic information, including your best contact information. Make certain that you provide the SSA with correct and thorough contact information as the SSA may need to contact you during the review of your file. If it cannot get a hold of you, your application may be dismissed. You must also submit proper medical documentation and information related to your claimed disability. Keep in mind that the initial application for benefits is one of the few forms in a disability case that your Macomb County disability lawyer cannot sign on your behalf, unless you specifically appoint your lawyer in this capacity.

Handling a Hearing

If you are initially denied benefits, do not despair. The SSA routinely rejects claims that are eventually accepted through the administrative hearing process. As your Macomb County disability lawyer will explain, the administrative hearing process takes place before an administrative law judge (ALJ) who will handle and oversee the review of your file. Your case will come before the ALJ and you must testify about your disabling condition, how it affects your job performance and why you believe you are unable to return to your job. The ALJ may allow testimony from others, such as your spouse or co-workers, who can attest to your limitations and restrictions. If you are still denied benefits, your Macomb County disability lawyer will help you prepare for the next step in the process, which is a review by the Special Appeals Council.

Contact an Attorney Today

A Macomb County disability lawyer can assist you if you are struggling with your application for disability benefits. For competent representation in the Macomb County area, call J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law, today: 800-331-3530.

J.B. Bieske & Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law

19991 Hall Road, Suite 202
Macomb, MI 48044
Phone: 586-977-8100
Fax: 586-977-8444

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