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How to Apply for Social Security Disability

Should You Hire a Muskegon SSDI Lawyer or Go It Alone?

A majority of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims get denied at the initial claim and reconsideration stages. This occurs regardless of whether or not a claimant has legal representation.

As a result, most SSI and SSDI claims need to go to a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) if claimants hope to be awarded benefits. It is at this stage that having a Muskegon Social Security disability lawyer on your side can really make a difference in the outcome of a case.

While no attorney can promise that a claimant will receive disability benefits, they can guarantee that your case will be effectively developed.

Developing a Disability Case

A majority of SSI and SSDI claimants do not know how to properly prepare a case for hearing. However, an attorney experienced in this area of law will be able to provide well-informed advice and personalized guidance. Our Social Security disability lawyer in Muskegon understands what a judge will look for in a particular medical condition as well as what questions should be asked of your doctor. Since you only pay us if we recover benefits for you, you can trust that we will work hard and use innovative strategies to help you succeed.

The Odds of Winning without Legal Help

Can a claimant who does not have legal representation from a lawyer still win an SSI or SSDI claim at a hearing? Yes—this does occasionally happen, but the odds are markedly lower.

Even claimants who are not represented by an attorney may not receive the best “onset date,” which will affect how much back pay they get. The official disability onset date will determine how much money you receive in back pay, so it is in your best interests to prove the earliest possible onset date.

Weigh the risk of going unrepresented to a hearing when your future livelihood is at stake with the percentage of your back pay that you’ll have to pay a lawyer if you win (limited to $6,000 for Social Security cases).

Contact the leading Muskegon Social Security Disability attorney at Nolan & Shafer PLC today at (231) 403-0040. We serve clients in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.

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