A Lansing disability attorney can help with all phases of your Michigan Social Security disability benefits claim
If you are contemplating filing an application for Michigan Social Security disability benefits or appealing the denial of your claim, you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. An experienced Lansing disability attorney can help. I have been working on behalf of Michigan Social Security disability claimants since 1975. Here are just some of the ways I can help with your claim:
Before you will be awarded disability benefits, you will have to submit a significant amount of documentation to the Social Security Administration. The types of evidence that will be required to support your claim include medical records; employment records; education records; and written opinions from your doctors. Depending on the facts of your case, you may need additional evidence in the form of a written report by a medical specialist or a vocational expert. I will work directly with your doctors and others to obtain these records.
Preparing and filing documents
I will make sure your paperwork (your application or appeal) is properly completed and timely filed with the Social Security Administration.
Preparing you for your disability hearing
If your initial claim for Michigan Social Security disability benefits is denied, as most initial claims for Social Security disability benefits are, you can appeal the denial by requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge. The hearing is your chance to speak directly to the person who will be deciding your claim for benefits. I can help you make the most of this opportunity by making sure you know what the hearing process is like (e.g., who will attend; the order of the proceedings; what to wear, etc.) and by making sure you are comfortable talking openly and honestly about your impairment, your symptoms and your daily activities.
Advocating for your rights at the hearing
I will attend the hearing with you and take the necessary steps to protect your rights. I will make an opening statement, summarizing the reasons you are entitled to an award of benefits; I will monitor your testimony and the testimony of other witnesses; I will object to improper evidence; and I will make written and oral arguments to the judge, demonstrating how the law applies to the facts of your case.
I handle Social Security disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases at all stages, from the initial application up to and including appeals to federal court. In 30+ years as a Lansing disability attorney, I have gained experience handling all types of impairments, including, cardiovascular diseases; endocrine and immune disorders; musculoskeletal disorders; mental disorders; neurological conditions; pain disorders; and respiratory disorders. I have helped hundreds of Michigan Social Security disability claimants; I welcome the chance to help you, too. If you would like to talk with me about your case, please use the Free Claim Evaluation form on this page to contact me, or call my office or email me.