Michigan Social Security Disability FAQ

Get answers to commonly asked questions about qualifying, appealing and applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and all of Michigan. For more information, contact us, free of charge.


Who is eligible for disability benefits from Social Security?

Under Social Security rules, you’re only considered disabled (and eligible for benefits) if a medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least 12 months. The disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of both. Learn more about qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits.


 Are mental illnesses eligible for disability benefits?

Yes. Mental illness is a frequently used basis for getting Social Security disability benefits.


What is the difference between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) is for people who suffer with a disability and can no longer work. You may qualify for this program if you have worked a long time and paid sufficient FICA taxes. But, you may still be denied these benefits by the government.

If you have not paid enough money into the Social Security system to qualify for disability benefits, then you may still be able to receive Supplemental Security Income. The government will look at your income status and review what resources are available to you. This is used in determining your qualification.


Why do I need a lawyer to help me? Why should I hire Levine Benjamin?

Social Security statistics show that claimants who are represented by lawyers win more often than those who are not represented. Your best chance of winning your case against the government is to be represented by a lawyer. The disability attorneys at Levine Benjamin have years of experience helping people get the disability benefits they need.


When should I contact an attorney about representation?

You should contact an experienced disability attorney before you file a claim with the Social Security Administration. The Detroit-based Disability lawyers at Levine Benjamin can help you plan a strategy to win your case from the beginning. If you wait to get an attorney after your claim has been denied, you may harm your case with different damaging statements or other information. This information can be used against you on appeal.


If I win my case, how much money will I receive?

For Social Security Disability benefits, it all depends upon how much you have worked and earned in the past. For disabled widow’s or widower’s benefits, it depends upon how much the late husband or wife worked and earned. For disabled adult child benefits, it all depends upon how much the parent worked and earned.

For all types of SSI benefits, there is a base amount that an individual with no other income receives. Other income that an individual has reduces the amount of SSI which an individual can receive.


If I need to apply, what should I do?

First you contact Social Security. Second you will need to provide information on your medical conditions, treatment, medication, and work history. You can apply online at www.ssa.gov,call (800) 772-1213, call Levin Benjamin at (888) 309-9597 or visit our offices.


 What is the difference between a lawyer and non-attorney advocate?

Non-attorney disability advocates are trained in the Social Security process, but have not received a law degree. They can help you file your initial claim, but if your claim is denied (and most are) you may need sound legal counsel to proceed to the next step. If your appeal goes all the way to federal court, you will definitely need an attorney.

If you have questions about your eligibility or doubts about your employer’s intentions, you should probably be working with a Disability attorney.


Is Levine Benjamin very experienced in Social Security Disability?

Yes. Social Security Disability law is an exclusive area of practice for many of our attorneys. Some of our attorneys have handled thousands of disability claims. We can help you apply or appeal if you were denied. We’re with you every step of the way.


What if I cannot afford an attorney for my disability cases?

Federal law regulates attorneys’ fees in Social Security Disability cases. So, virtually every disability lawyer works on the same fee basis. The lawyer’s fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get. There is no fee if you lose.


Does Levine Benjamin offer telephone appointments?

Yes. You can speak to an attorney from the beginning. Call us today at (888) 309-9597 to discuss your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.


From where does Levine Benjamin accept clients?

We accept clients from anywhere in the United States.


I’m interested in talking with Levine Benjamin. What should I do next?

Contact our office today. We’ll arrange a consultation to determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If you do, we’ll help you start the proceedings for the best chance to win.

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