Citizens of Detroit, Michigan (Wayne County) have access to many experienced Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates. Even though legal representation is not required to apply for disability benefits, those who have the help of an attorney have an increased chance of being approved.
The Detroit hearing office presently has a wait time of 330 days and total of 6,566 pending cases. Although these numbers indicate a long wait for disability benefits, many Detroit residents find Social Security Disability benefits to be worth the lengthy amount of time it takes to receive a decision. As of December 2011, 68,850 individuals in Wayne County received SSDI while another 81,910 individuals received SSI.
You can read more about SSI and SSDI here.
If you or a loved one can no longer work due to a disability or debilitating illness, you can apply for benefits online at the SSA’s website. If you prefer to apply in person, make an appointment with one of the following Social Security offices:
477 Michigan Ave
McNamara Bldg, Room 1550
Detroit, MI 48226
3971 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Consulting with a Detroit Social Security Disability Attorney
As previously stated, retaining the services of an experienced lawyer can greatly help you throughout the Social Security Disability application process. To file a successful disability claim, applicants need to collect paperwork, medical documentation, and other types of forms—an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the system will simplify the process and make sure your application is complete and error-free.
For more on the benefits of hiring a Detroit Social Security Disability Lawyer, click here.
A Detroit Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Monroe County, Oakland, and Macomb County: Windsor, Tecumseh, Dearborn, Lincoln Park, Redford, Livonia, Royal Oak, Warren, St. Claire Shores, Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Farmington, Novi, Waterford, Ypsilanti.
Contact the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association to learn about the many attorneys and advocates in Wayne County:
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
645 Griswold St,
Detroit, MI 48226
Detroit Disability Hearings
If your initial claim and “Request for Reconsideration” are denied, you will need to schedule an appeal hearing at the Detroit Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Below you will find more information about the judges who work in the Detroit ODAR:
|Dunn, Michael R.||48.99%|
|Gramenos, James N.||81.54%|
|MacLean, Patrick J.||55.30%|
|McGovern, J. T.||62.32%|
|Neumann, David F.||43.54%|
|Rabaut, John J.||45.78%|
|Roulhac, Roy L.||33.57%|
|VanderHeide, Jeanne M.||65.96%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
Experienced attorneys often become well-acquainted with the administrative law judges who handle disability claims in the Detroit hearing office. Your attorney may be able to use that information to your advantage when preparing your Social Security disability case.
Unfortunately, hearings typically take several months to be scheduled. If you find that you aren’t able to wait until your scheduled hearing date, you can contact your local congressperson to request a congressional inquiry. In extreme circumstances, he or she can contact the hearing office to expedite your claim. Your congressman is:
John Conyers, Jr.
2615 W. Jefferson
Trenton, MI 48183
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