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Lansing Disability Attorney – Answers for Social Security disability claimants
Claimants for Michigan disability benefits come to our Lansing disability attorney with many questions about the Social Security disability evaluation process. Will I qualify for Lansing disability benefits? How do I apply? Why was my disability claim denied? How do I appeal? What will happen at my appeal hearing?
This 100-page website provides answers to these questions. Whether you are just thinking about applying, waiting for a decision, or have received a denial letter, you will find the articles and videos on this site helpful.
Do you want to know if you might qualify for Michigan disability benefits?
- If Social Security disability is a new topic for you, take a look at Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security disability benefits, which provides a good introduction to the topic.
- Sign up for the “Free lessons on applying for disability benefits” available in the upper right corner of this page. These educational letters will be automatically e-mailed to you and provide concise instructions on applying for disability benefits.
- Watch the video “Are you likely to qualify” for an introduction to the Social Security Administration’s disability determination process.
- Take a look at the Library section below entitled Applying for Disability Benefits When….. This section spells out how the Social Security Administration evaluates particular impairments and provides medical opinion forms.
Have you already applied for Michigan disability benefits and your initial application was denied?
- Read Advice for appealing , which explains the three ways you can appeal your denial, and walks you through the process of completing the appeal forms and submitting them to the Social Security Administration.
- Check out The appeals process, which explains in detail the appeals process.
- Also, take a look at Examples of who is and who is not disabled. This article illustrates how the Social Security Administration’s disability determinations can sometimes defy common sense.
Want to know about what to expect at your Michigan Social Security disability hearing?
- Watch our video, “How the Judge Determines Disability,” above, which explains what you and your Lansing disability attorney will need to prove at your hearing.
- The articles in Your Disability Hearing, located in our Library below, provide an inside look at the stage of the disability determination process where you are most likely to win disability benefits.
Should I appeal if my initial Social Security disability claim is denied?
Claimants for Michigan disability benefits also often ask our Lansing disability attorney this question. The quick answer is yes. Many people make the mistake of giving up at this point. The Social Security disability process favors appellants over initial applicants. Two-thirds of initial applications are denied while over half of those who appeal are ultimately awarded disability benefits.
The reason for this is that there are some significant differences between your initial application and your hearing at the appeal level. These differences help appellants win disability benefits. One of the most important differences is that at your appeal hearing you have the opportunity to appear before a judge in person and explain your condition in your own words.
You must be persistent in seeking Michigan disability benefits. So apply for disability if you believe you cannot work, and then appeal any denial. Do not be discouraged by rejection. For more information about appealing, see our free e-booklet and tips on appealing a denial or contact our experienced Lansing disability attorney.
We are committed to practicing Social Security disability law and are sickle cell disease advocates.
Aaron Sumrall, our firm’s founder and an experienced Lansing disability attorney, is an advocate for Social Security disability claimants and sickle cell patients. He is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), an association of almost 4,000 attorneys and paralegals who represent Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income claimants. NOSSCR’s members are committed to providing high quality representation for disability claimants and to maintaining a system of full and fair adjudication for every claimant.
Aaron is highly involved in sickle cell disease advocacy. He is a member of the Michigan Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association, and he participates in sickle cell conferences across the country. As an advocate for sickle cell patients with Social Security disability claims, he brings to the table a real understanding of sickle cell disease and how the disease can impact an individual’s ability to work. Aaron offers sickle cell patients a specialized knowledge and a successful strategy to approaching sickle cell disability cases. For more information about Aaron and our firm, see
Sickle cell patients often ask us “How does a person suffering from sickle cell disease qualify for Social Security disability benefits?” See the article on Sickle cell disease for a summary of how sickle cell patients qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you have a disability as a result of sickle cell disease and/or complications resulting from it, you may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits.
In addition to sickle cell disease, we are experienced with handling all types of impairments, including the following:
Experienced Lansing disability attorney representing adult and child disability claimants in Michigan and throughout the Midwest
We accept Lansing, Michigan Social Security disability claimants and claimants throughout the Midwest after their initial applications have been denied. Our Lansing disability attorney handles children’s disability cases in addition to adult disability cases. Children may be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program. For more information about children’s disability cases, see Children’s disability cases.
If your initial application is denied, our representation includes assisting with and completing the various forms for appeal of denials and appearing with you at your hearing to present your claim to the Social Security judge. For your hearing, we will also gather and assemble all the necessary evidence, prepare you and the witnesses, and represent you at the hearing. Our experience handling disability cases gives us insight into what the Social Security Administration needs to find you disabled. Our Lansing disability attorney will also always explain the Social Security disability process to you, and we will guide you through the often confusing Social Security disability appeal process.
We hope you find our disability website helpful. We are also happy to personally answer any questions you may have. For a free consultation with our expert Lansing disability attorney, call us toll-free at 1-866-212-1895. Or you can also complete the short claim evaluation form to the right if you want assistance with your Social Security disability claim and your application for disability benefits has been denied. We will respond promptly and can help you file your appeal and present the best case possible at your appeal hearing.
Sumrall Law, P.C.
Lansing Disability Attorney
915 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48906
P.O. Box 80213
Lansing, MI 48908