What is Disability?
The Social Security Administration has complex regulations to determine if you are eligible for disability insurance benefits (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI). These benefits are paid to people who have physical and/or mental health limitations which prevent them from working for 12 months or more. The Social Security Regulations take into consideration such additional factors as your age, education, past work, and potential for obtaining a job. Disability means that you have a medical condition which prevents you from performing any full-time employment.
How do I apply for Social Security Benefits?
You can apply at the Owosso Social Security office if you believe you cannot work for one year or more. It is best though to get legal advice from a specialist first. We can even apply for you.
What does it cost to hire an attorney?
Attorney fees are paid only if you win. Fees are limited to 25 percent of the past due benefits and are decided upon by the judge at the hearing level. You never pay for representation at the Law Office of Patrick Marutiak out of your pocket. We pay the cost for such things as medical records, statements from your doctors, etc. You only pay if you win.
When should I see an attorney?
Immediately. It is best to contact an attorney in the early stages of your social security disability application.
How long can a case take?
Try not to be discouraged if you are denied. The majority of people are initially denied the first time. It is at the hearing level that you can present evidence including personal testimony to substantiate your claim. Unfortunately, it can take up to 12 to 18 months before a claim goes to a hearing. If you are denied at the initial level it is not only important to file an appeal within 60 days but also to present additional evidence.
Before a claim goes to hearing evidence needs to be gathered and submitted well in advance. Though not typical, with proper evidence a claim can be won without even going to a hearing. This can depend in large part on the reasons why you cannot work, the test results that justify why you cannot work, and sometimes statements from physicians. If you need to apply or have been denied or call (989) 725-8118 for a free consultation.