Denied Social Security Benefits in Detroit, Michigan
Unfortunately, the vast majority of Social Security Disability (SSD) applications are initially denied. Thankfully, the opportunity still exists for you to get the financial support you need if a health condition prevents you from working.
At the law firm of Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, our attorneys have been serving people in Detroit, Oakland County and the surrounding parts of Michigan since 1969. We know the steps to take after an Social Security Disability benefits application has been denied.
Why Was the Application Denied?
When deciding whether to accept or deny a claim, the Social Security Administration reviews the information provided. They take into account the applicant’s age, education and work experience, in addition to the applicant’s medical condition.
There are a variety of reasons why an application for Social Security Disability benefits may be denied. Most people are denied Social Security benefits because they supplied inadequate medical information, such as failure to provide sufficient documentation about the applicant’s medical condition.
An applicant may also be denied because they have skills which can be transferred to another position. To get Social Security Disability benefits, you must have a total disability from all types of work. For example, you may have a job where part of the job is working at a computer and the other part is lifting 25 pound cartons. You might not be able to do your specific job, but your computer skills can be transferred to a sedentary position which you could in theory perform. The Social Security Administration to misinterpret the applicant’s transferable skills.
Further, an applicant over 50 has a better chance of qualifying for benefits because an applicant in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s would be able to overcome circumstances that an older person would not. The same reasoning applies to the applicant’s level of education — an applicant with less than a 12th grade education would have less opportunity.
What is the Next Step?
If your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, we can help you appeal the decision. Our lawyers will take great care in gathering all of the information necessary to go through this process. We know how to handle the paperwork and the hearing to fight a denied Social Security Disability benefits claim. We get results — have helped over 150,000 people and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
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If you have been denied Social Security benefits in Detroit, Michigan, contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer. With offices in Detroit, Southfield and Taylor, we serve people throughout Michigan.