In 2006, one in six Michigan residents received Social Security benefits, according to the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP. Social Security disability benefits help individuals and families who meet specific criteria by providing a set amount of money to pay for food, housing, clothing, and other essentials. The Disability Determination Services (DDS) dictates medical eligibility for individuals in Michigan who have filed for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Michigan social security attorneys at Lipton Law can assist you if your disability prevents you from working and you believe that you have been wrongfully denied Social Security disability benefits.
Disabilities present many challenges for a person and their family, especially if an individual recently suffered an illness or injury that has made them disabled and they used to be the primary wage-earner. Being unable to work because of a work-related injury, medical condition, or another cause, not only takes a physical, financial, and emotional toll, on both the injured person and their family.
Social Security Disability Payment
On March 1, 2013, all recipients currently receiving benefits under the Department of Labor (Black Lung), Office of Personnel Management, Railroad Retirement Board, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or the Veterans Affairs, will have to adjust to the U.S. Department of Treasury's new electronic payment system instead of paper checks. Individuals who apply for federal benefits on or after May 2, 2011 will be given their benefit payments electronically under the new system.
Social Security Disability Programs
Two programs are run by the SSA for individuals who are identified as legally disabled or blind. Individuals who are disabled or blind, and are insured under the Social Security tax that is paid on their earnings or the earnings of a spouse or parent, are given benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Title II. For individuals who are disabled or blind (including children under the age of 18) and have limited income and resources, payments may be received through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Title XVI. Only persons who are determined to have a disability and meet specific medical standards may qualify for benefits under these programs.
Eligibility for Social Security Benefits
Filing a Social Security disability claim in Michigan is complicated. After filing a disability benefits claim with the SSA, it will be decided by the state whether a claimant's medical condition adheres to the definition of a disability under Social Security law. A person's age, daily activity level, past work experience, education, and medical information will be evaluated. In examining this information, a person's physicians, hospitals, employers, schools, and other individuals may be contacted so that functional information and medical records can be accessed.
What the SSA Considers a Disability
An individual is identified as disabled if they are not able to carry out work duties that they were able to prior to suffering their disability, thus making it impossible to adapt to another type of employment because of a specific medical condition. In addition, a person may also be identified as disabled if their disability has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year, or is expected to result in death. To make the definition of "disability" all the more intricate in relation to filing for Social Security disability benefits, the SSA usually assumes that working families have other ways to receive money and support, either through savings, investments, insurance, and/or workers' compensation, during times of short-term disabilities. However, this may not stand true for everyone.
Effective Legal Assistance for Successful Results
When seeking Social Security disability benefits, it is important to make sure that the correct paperwork is filled out and filed properly, that Social Security benefits match specific financial needs, and that you receive the coverage you need and deserve. The Southfield MI Social Security attorneys at Lipton Law have dedicated years to protecting the rights of those seeking Social Security benefits. We understand what it takes to gather, organize, and present the appropriate information so that you receive the fair and just amount of Social Security benefits. Call our law firm today at 248-557-1688 for more information.