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Social Security Disability

With more than 75 years of experience to our name, we at Goodman Acker P.C. have been lending a helping hand to injured individuals throughout Detroit, including those who need Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI). Being unable to work due to a permanent or temporary disability is a very stressful experience, especially when the injured individual is the primary breadwinner.

At Goodman Acker P.C., we can help you obtain the benefits you need to provide for yourself and your loved ones as you cope or recover from your debilitating condition. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any legal fees unless we successfully help you obtain your benefits.

We have handled SSDI claims involving the following kinds of disabilities:

  • Spine
  • Brain injuries
  • Chronic diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease or blindness
  • Serious mental health conditions

The Difference Between SSDI & SSI Benefits

SSDI benefits are available to anyone who qualifies, regardless of financial need. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is need-based. That means you must have limited income and assets to qualify. Most people who qualify for SSI also qualify for food stamps. Both programs are run by the Social Security Administration.

Here’s what else you need to know about SSDI benefits:

  • SSDI provides monthly cash benefits. Persons who get benefits receive an average of $1,130 per month, with the upper limit being $2,533.
  • To get SSDI benefits, you must prove that your medical condition is life threatening, long-term (at least 12 months) or permanent. If you can't show that, you may still be eligible for workers' compensation or other shorter-term government relief.
  • In order to qualify, you must also have worked for a certain number of years and have paid into FICA. After receiving SSDI for two years, you may be eligible for Medicare.
  • Your spouse and children may also be eligible for partial benefits.

In some cases, you can return to work on a temporary basis without losing monthly benefits. You may work for nine months to test your ability in the work place, with no risk of losing benefits. The SSA refers to that as a trial work period. Even after the nine-month period, SSDI may still provide a safety net that allows you to work another three years. During that time, you can get benefits as long as you do not earn more than $1,740 monthly (if you are blind) or $1,040 per month (if not blind).

What Happens If Your Original Application Was Denied?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies over 60% of all initial applications. The SSA receives as many as two million applications per year. There's a good chance your application will be denied, even if you have a strong claim. Most applicants go through a series of appeals before winning benefits. There is some good news if your claim is initially denied. Once your claim is approved, you'll receive back pay from the date you first filed. Retaining the services of a knowledgeable law firm such as ours can increase the chances that your appeal will be successful.

Please contact our firm for step-by-step guidance with your SSDI matter.

See What Our Clients Have to Say About Us!

5 / 5 stars
Mr. Maitland handled my Social Security Disability case last year. Over the many months, while my case was being prepared, Larry and Joanne were both very professional, courteous, thorough and just plain nice! I shall definitely recommend your firm to anyone I know who needs a great attorney!