Social Security Disability Claims

Social Security Disability claims are regulated by the Social Security Administration. Disabled persons that have not reached the age for Social Security retirement benefits may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if they meet certain strict requirements. You may find this You Tube video useful which describes the Social Security Disability program.

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A disturbing trend in Social Security Disability hearings

Winning your Social Security Disability claim takes persistence

Does Social Security Disability approve claims that are based on subjective medical conditions?

An attorney can help you win your Social Security Disability appeal

Michigan has 7 locations where Social Security Disability appeals are conducted. Current statistics indicate that the success rate of winning an appeal in Michigan is less than 50%. In addition, the waiting time for a hearing and determination is approximately 1 year. We have found that many otherwise qualified persons are denied Social Security Disability because of filing errors or lack of supporting medical evidence.

Contact the ABDO LAW FIRM if you have been denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. A skilled Social Security Disability attorney will know how to present your case to get you the benefits that you deserve.

Definition of disability to qualify for Social Security Disability

Social Security benefits are only paid if someone has suffered total disability. Benefits are not payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.

The Social Security Administration defines "disability" based on your inability to work which means:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • The Social Security Administration decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
Social Security Disability claimants must have sufficient earnings credits

Credits are earned by Social Security Taxes paid from employment earnings. In 2013, a person must earn $1,160 in covered earnings to get one Social Security credit and $4,640 to get the maximum four credits in a one year period. In addition, a person needs to have accumulated a certain number of credits to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. A person needs 40 credits to qualify for Social Security Disability, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled. Younger workers may qualify for Social Security Disability with fewer credits. For example, a person who becomes disabled that is age 31 to 42 would need 20 credits to qualify for Social Security Disability.

The inability to work because of medical disability can take a financial toll on all family members. It is our goal to minimize the frustrations for disabled persons that need help. Contact the ABDO LAW FIRM if you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits or if family members are entitled to Social Security Survivors benefits.

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