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Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSDI & SSI) are often denied before you even get a chance to plead your case, whether or not there is an attorney present. Most cases must be taken before an administrative law judge (ALJ) before you are granted benefits. Our Grand Rapids social security disability lawyer at Nolan & Shafer PLC can help you have the best chance at receiving benefits when you need them most. We sympathize with your situation, and we will work with you to receive the benefits that you are due. When you are seeking to appeal a denial, or preparing to apply for benefits, it pays to have a social security disability attorney in Grand Rapids who knows about what questions to ask, what the judge is looking for, what medical information is needed, and why your claim may be denied. Don’t let an initial denial discourage you, contact our team for help.

Avoid These 5 Reasons to Be Denied Benefits

There are several reasons why your Social Security Disability case may be denied. If you believe any of the below reasons are involved in your case, contact our team to discuss the circumstances.

  1. The SSA cannot reach you: If you are filing a claim, and the Social Security Administration or Disability Determination Services cannot find you to communicate about your claim, you may be denied. Make sure that you, or your representative, is available and that the SSA and DDS have your current information such as address, phone number, and email.
  2. You do not follow your treatment plans: If you fail to follow your prescribed therapy when you can physically do so, your claim may be denied. Luckily, there are some acceptable medical and non-medical excuses for not following. Discuss your reason for non-compliance with our team to see if yours qualifies as a legitimate excuse with the SSA.
  3. There is a question of drug or alcohol addiction: The SSA will deny benefits if a drug or alcohol addiction is cause for your disability. Your medical consultant assigned by DDS must determine if you would still be disabled if not battling an addiction.
  4. Your disability will not last longer than 12 months: For SSI or SSDI benefits to apply, your disability must be severe enough to last 12 months or longer. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis, and if your injuries or illness will last longer than 6 months (or take that long to recover) then SSI or SSDI may be applicable. Discuss your recovery or illness with our team to learn more about how this is determined.
  5. You case lacks medical evidence: You may be denied because you are lacking the medical documentation required, so you will need to be sure that your doctor provides ample evidence for your claim. If you are wondering what evidence they need, or team can supply experience-based questions to ask your doctor.

Why Choose Nolan & Shafer PLC?

Our team takes pride in providing caring, personalized legal counsel for those who are battling with insurance agents and government representatives who are denying them their SSI or SSDI benefits. We understand that there may be circumstances out of your control that are preventing you from getting the financial help that you deserve.

We offer our clients:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Returned calls and emails within 24 hours
  • Contingency based representation, you don’t pay unless we win on your behalf
  • Limited case load, so clients receive ample attention and dedication

Our social security disability lawyer in Grand Rapids, Attorney Matthew Swartz, has been selected to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for 2015-2018. He has handled over 600 Social Security Disability claims. When you need experienced, knowledgeable legal representation regarding Social Security, we are the team you can count on.

Contact our team at (231) 403-0040 for a free case evaluation.3

1345 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 205
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Why Hire Nolan & Shafer PLC?

Your Case Deserves the Best Case Scenario
  • Loyally Representing Clients Across West Michigan

  • Direct, Face-to-Face Contact with an Attorney

  • Dedicated Representation from Start to Finish

  • At the Forefront of Michigan Disability Claims Litigation

  • Free Claim Evaluations & No Out-of-Pocket Payments

  • No Fees Owed Unless & Until Benefits are Awarded

  • 600+ Social Security Disability Claims & Appeals Handled

  • Numerous Satisfied Clients with Compelling Stories

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  • SuperLawyerse Rising Star - Matthew Swartz
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2015
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