How do I apply for disability benefits?

The process for which to apply and appeal for Disability benefits through the Social Security Administration is quite complex.  While it is always recommended you consult with an actual Lawyer for these matters, at Schroder Law we understand that our clients and prospective clients sometimes want immediate access to some of this information.

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth.

Social Security Disability as the Agency Describes it

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.

When you apply for either program, we will collect medical and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you meet Social Security’s definition of disability.   Use the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool on the Social Security Administration website to find out which programs may be able to pay you benefits. (Click Here to View)

Social Security Disability benefits for you and your family.

A disability can derail your lifetime of hard work spent building your financial security and supporting your family. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two important safety nets — Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — that compensate you from the funds you contributed with each paycheck you’ve earned.

Grand Rapids disability law firm Schroder Law, P.C. has helped disabled people in Michigan obtain these crucial benefits for more than 30 years. Our lawyers handle all stages of the administrative process. We can advise you about your eligibility for SSD and SSI, assist you in filing your applications for early approval and appeal denials

Proving medical disability.

Presenting detailed proof of your disability is essential to your application for Social Security Disability benefits in Grand Rapids. Evidence that can prove your medical condition includes:

  • Names and contact information for doctors who have treated you
  • Hospitals and clinics where you have received care
  • Prescription medications you take or have taken
  • Medical tests and results you have received
  • Statements by friends, family members and others who can attest to your condition
  • Types of jobs you have recently held
  • Insurance and workers’ compensation claims you have filed

Bring as much of this information as you have available to your appointment with Schroder Law, P.C. so a Grand Rapids SSD attorney can best assess your case. If you do not have this information, we can help you collect all of the necessary documents to support your claim.

SSA procedures for filing your disability claim.

The government can often take a long time to process applications for benefits. To get the benefits you need as quickly as possible, you should submit an application as soon as you become disabled. Our lawyers help you avoid delays by putting together a complete package that contains all of the information and documentation the SSA requires to approve your claim.

Talk to a Grand Rapids Social Security Disability lawyer you can trust
Your disabilities may entitle you and your family to government benefits. Learn more by calling a Grand Rapids SSD lawyer from Schroder Law, P.C. at (616) 954-2888 to schedule your free consultation.