Your Options When An Injury Or Impairment Makes Working Impossible
People, especially those over 50 who have worked all their lives, often feel lost and unsure of where to turn when they suffer injuries or impairments that prevent them from continuing to work. Some even turn to their retirement funds for income, risking their futures in the process.
Fortunately, options exist for Michigan residents who can no longer work, and one of the options is Social Security Disability. The purpose of SSD benefits is to provide support to individuals and their families when working is no longer an option. At Willis Law, our attorneys have years of experience helping clients obtain SSD benefits, and we can help you as well.
Answers To The Basic SSD Questions
When clients first meet with us, they generally ask the same three questions:
- Can I apply for benefits?
- How do I apply for benefits?
- How much will I receive if approved?
In order to help our lawyers answer these questions, it is important to come to your free initial consultation prepared. Bring any documentation you have related to your education, work history, and injury or impairment, including a statement from your physician detailing how your disability affects your ability to work. In fact, this point is key, as it is not necessarily the specific disability that qualifies you for benefits but rather its effect on your ability to continue working.
Types Of Injuries And Impairments Covered
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes a variety of qualifying conditions, including physical conditions and mental conditions. Some of the most common conditions that result in SSD benefit claims are:
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries
- Arthritis and joint damage
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Asthma and lung diseases
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain disorders
- Depression and anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Some conditions, such as chronic pain and mental health conditions, can be more difficult to achieve benefits for. This is no reason to give up. We will work with a variety of medical professionals and vocational specialists to learn about these conditions and to build a strong case that demonstrates your need for SSD benefits.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
By getting started on your SSD application today with the help of our lawyers, you will have an experienced professional by your side throughout the entire process with no risk on your part. Our attorneys' fees are on a contingency basis – we only get paid when you get paid.
Willis Law has three law offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw to allow us to better serve you. You can schedule a free initial consultation at any one of our offices by calling (888) 461-7744. You can also reach our firm on weekends or evenings by email.
Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A.
Shaun P. Willis J.D.
Frank D. Willis J.D.
Donald H. Smith
Mariko C. Willis
Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D.
Verelle Kirkwood J.D.
Kristyn Meylenberg J.D.