DENIED FOR SSI BENEFITS IN MICHIGAN
DON’T LOSE HOPE. APPEAL!
If health problems have made it hard for you to hold down steady work, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits could help you put food on the table and keep a roof over your head.
Then you get denied.
The news throws your life into disarray. You don’t know where to turn.
At Levine Benjamin, we have an answer: Appeal!
SSI turns down most people when they first apply. But many of them end up winning benefits — when they appeal.
And don’t wait:
Important! Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t miss the deadline to appeal!
When you apply for SSI benefits — or when you appeal a denial — you’re up against a massive government program with thousands of rules, run by the Social Security Administration. You might need to go to a hearing and talk to a judge.
Maybe you’ve never done anything like this before. At Levine Benjamin, we’ve done it thousands of times.
We can help turn your denial into an approval.
If you don’t win benefits, we don’t charge any attorney fees or expenses.
WHAT ARE MY STEPS FOR APPEALING AN SSI DENIAL?
A Levine Benjamin lawyer can guide you through Social Security’s four stages of appeal:
- Reconsideration: First you ask Social Security for another opinion. You submit new evidence. Someone who wasn’t involved with your initial denial reviews your case.
- Hearing: You might still get denied after reconsideration. Next you ask for a hearing with a Social Security Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Your disability hearing is the most critical stage in your case. It’s your best chance to present evidence in person. It’s crucial that your evidence — and you — are well prepared. We strongly recommend you get help from a lawyer.
- Appeals Council: Your third level of review — after an ALJ denies your benefits — is the Social Security Appeals Council (AC). The AC can grant benefits, deny benefits, or send you back for another hearing with the ALJ.
- Federal Court: If you still don’t have the result you need after going to the AC, you can file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. You must have a lawyer registered to practice in federal court in order to pursue this step. Levine Benjamin lawyers have extensive experience with federal court claims.
WHAT WILL A LAWYER DO TO HELP MY APPEAL?
Most people still get denied benefits on reconsideration, so your hearing with an ALJ might be your best opportunity to win benefits — and regain stability in your life.
You don’t want to face a judge alone. And you don’t have to.
A lawyer from Levine Benjamin will stay by your side through every step of the process.
Working with Levine Benjamin, you will always meet with an attorney to prepare you for your hearing in advance, so you can go in with confidence.
With some law firms, you won’t see a lawyer until the day of your hearing.
The attorneys at Levine Benjamin will:
- analyze your Social Security file
- prepare your case and set the strategy
- gather additional evidence from your doctors and medical providers
- prepare your testimony
- make legal arguments
- question witnesses (for your side)
- cross-examine any medical and vocational experts who testify at your hearing
Social Security could bring in experts to testify about your situation. They could hurt your case. If you have a lawyer from Levine Benjamin, they won’t go unanswered.
It costs you nothing for us to review your case and see what we can do.
HOW DO I IMPROVE MY CHANCES OF WINNING MY APPEAL?
Social Security’s own statistics have shown that people win benefits more often when they have representation. Because you pay no attorney fees unless you win, getting a lawyer from Levine Benjamin is a low-risk decision.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.