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Do I Qualify for Benefits?

Do I Qualify for SSD Benefits?

Are you out of work in Southeastern Michigan because of an accident, or because you’re sick? There’s a good chance you can get disability payments from the federal government. That’s money every month to help you when your injury or illness means you can’t work. They’re called Social Security Disability benefits, or “SSD.”

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get SSD benefits. The claim process can be complicated, and it can take a long time. On top of that, the Social Security Administration typically denies more than 67% of all first-time benefits claims in Michigan. That makes it very important to get professional help with your SSD claim. Having the help of a knowledgeable and experienced Michigan attorney can make all the difference in getting your benefits fast, instead of seeing your claim denied.

For Michigan lawyers, J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law, helping people with their Social Security Disability application is all we do, every day.

How to Qualify for Disability In Michigan

According to the federal government, studies show that a worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement. So if you’re sick or hurt and can’t work, you’re not alone – long-term disabilities happen to a lot of workers.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get SSD benefits, though. In fact, for most people it’s hard. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you have to prove to the federal government that you are “disabled” and that you have the right work history. That process has many steps, some of which can be very confusing. It also can take far too long.

Determining If You’re “Disabled”

So what does it mean to be “disabled” for purposes of getting Social Security Disability benefits? The Social Security Administration considers you disabled if you cannot work because you have a medical condition – an illness or an injury – that is expected to keep you from working for at least a year, or which will cause you to die. As a result, the Social Security Administration looks at whether:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition; and
  • You have a long term disability, or is expected to last, for at least one year or to result in your death.

Those factors make everybody’s case different. They also leave lots of room for the government to disagree about whether you are “disabled.” That’s why it’s so important to have a skilled and experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney on your side.

When you’re out of work and need SSD for yourself and your family, don’t leave the odds stacked against you by trying to face the government alone.

Determining If You Have The Necessary Work History

In addition to being disabled, to get SSD you must have worked in a job covered by Social Security, and have paid Social Security taxes on the pay that you earned.

There are a couple of earnings tests that the Social Security Administration uses to find out if you have worked long enough, and recently enough, to qualify for disability benefits. They’re called the “recent work” test and the “duration of work test.” The requirements of each test change depending on how old you were when you became disabled.

The federal government’s work history tests are another part of the SSD claim process that a knowledgeable Michigan Social Security Disability attorney can explain and advise you about, based on your specific case.

If You Have Questions, We Can Help

Michigan Social Security Disability lawyers, J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law, can help answer questions about your right to SSD benefits. Simply contact us for a free consultation about your case. We can discuss your SSD benefits claim, and how we can help you get the benefits you deserve. Getting SSD can protect you and your family’s financial future during the hard times when you can’t work.

From anywhere in Southeastern Michigan, simply call us at 800-331-3530, or use our convenient online contact form. We have offices in Macomb Township, Livonia, Novi, Troy, Downriver, and Detroit, and we can talk with you by phone if you’re not able to come by our office to meet us in person for help with your social security disability application.

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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