Social Security Disability

Muskegon Social Security Disability Attorney

Caring & Capable Representation in Grand Rapids & Surrounding Areas

Statistically speaking, a majority of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) claims are denied at the initial claim and reconsideration stages. Denials usually occur regardless of whether or not there was an attorney representing the claimant. Therefore, most SSI and SSDI claims have to be presented to an administrative law judge (ALJ) in a hearing before the claimant can be awarded benefits.

How Our Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help

It is typically at this stage of the process where having an experienced attorney is most beneficial for a claimant. While no lawyer is able to guarantee that SSDI or SSI benefits will be awarded to a claimant, a knowledgeable lawyer is able to ensure that the case will be properly created and effectively presented. The Muskegon SSDI attorney at Nolan & Shafer, PLC can guide you throughout every step of the disability process and help you pursue the benefits you need.

Call Nolan & Shafer, PLC today at (231) 403-0040 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Social Security Disability attorney in Muskegon.

What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

While there are many government funded disability programs, SSI and SSDI are two of the most common. SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, provides minimum basic financial income to older individuals and individuals who are disabled, regardless of their age. In many cases, Federal SSI is often supplemented by state programs.

SSDI, however, supports disabled individuals who have a qualifying work history and have since become disabled. Essentially, SSI may be awarded to disabled individuals who have little to no income while SSDI may be awarded to disabled individuals who have previously held a job but their ability to work has been affected by their disability.

Definition Of Disability

The Social Security Administration defines disability as "the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."

While there are many impairments defined by the Social Security Administration, it's important to understand your protections while living with a disability. For many, living with a disability can be unexpected and leaves them wondering what benefits they now qualify for and if they are truly getting the benefits they deserve. Working with a social security disability attorney can help you understand your disability claim and may improve the chances of your claim being reviewed quickly and fairly.

Developing a Disability Case

Most SSI and SSDI claimants do not have any idea on how to effectively prepare a case for hearing, whereas a lawyer experienced in this area of law will be intimately familiar with all aspects of Social Security regulations and rules. An attorney will also know what questions to ask your doctor as well as what a judge will be looking for with a particular medical condition. Since disability lawyers only get paid if their clients’ claims are approved, they use effective and creative approaches to help ensure the best chance of success. This includes applying an in-depth understanding of prior rulings and SSA regulations to the process, obtaining detailed statements from their claimants’ treating physicians, and finding important test results and medical records.

Several reasons why you should hire Nolan & Shafer Injury Attorneys, PLC include:

  • We offer unparalleled personalized service, and we return all calls and emails within 24 hours.
  • Many other firms charge an initial amount to help cover case costs, but we do not charge any.
  • Our lawyer has been selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 lists of Rising Stars℠.
  • We have successfully handled over 600 Social Security Disability claims.
  • Our attorney offers free initial consultations to help you figure out your next best steps for moving forward.
  • We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay us anything unless we win on your behalf.
  • Our firm only accepts a limited number of cases in order to make sure each one gets the full time and effort it deserves.

Call (231) 403-0040 for a Free Consultation

Contact Nolan & Shafer, PLC today, and schedule your complimentary case evaluation to learn more about how our disability attorney can help you achieve your goals. Since it is completely free and you only pay us if we are successful on your behalf, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Get started on your case today by calling (231) 403-0040 and speaking with our knowledgeable Social Security Disability lawyer in Muskegon.

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    "Matthew Swartz has represented more than 500 individuals with disabilities and medical/legal issues. He has successfully represented claimants nationally at all levels of the Social Security Administration’s administrative process, as well as in the United States District Courts."

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