Kalamazoo, Michigan social security disability attorneys and advocates can help individuals who are out of work for a year due to a disability. The first thing an attorney will do is help you determine whether you qualify for social security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. As of December 2011, there were 7,810 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 6,063 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Kalamazoo County.
More information on SSDI and SSI can be found here.
You can submit at an application for disability online or at a local SSA office. Listed below are two offices close to the Kalamazoo area:
317 South Drake Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
2518 Capital Ave SW
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Hiring a Kalamazoo Disability Attorney
You should strongly consider hiring a Kalamazoo disability attorney to help you with your claim. An attorney will not only help you apply, but he or she will also help you file an appeal if your claim is denied.
Your disability attorney will not be paid unless you are successfully awarded benefits. Learn how a disability attorney is paid>>>
A Kalamazoo social security disability lawyer will also handle cases in the following areas of Michigan: Portage, Battle Creek, Sturgis, Cutlerville, Coldwater, Kentwood, Albion, Wyoming, Holland, Grandville, Jenison, East Grand Rapids, Granger, Benton Harbor and Forest Hills.
The Kalamazoo County Bar Association (137 N. Park Street, Suite 104, Kalamazoo MI 49007) will have more information about disability attorneys in the area.
Kalamazoo Disability Hearings
If your claim has been denied at the initial and reconsideration stages, you will have to request to have a hearing with the Grand Rapids hearing office. If you have not yet hired a Kalamazoo disability attorney, you should do so prior to attending your hearing.
Currently, there are 5,222 pending cases at the Grand Rapids office and the wait time is 450 days. In extreme circumstances, it is possible to have your hearing scheduled sooner. You will have to contact your congressman and requested that he or he intervenes to speed up your hearing. The congressman for the Kalamazoo area is:
157 South Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 180
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: (269) 385-0039
From October 2012 to January 2012:
- The Grand Rapids office had a total of 1472 hearings held
- Thus far the judges have rendered a decision (approved or denied) 81.5% of those hearings.
- 9 different judges were responsible for the hearings and were able to resolve about 18 hearings per day combined.
- Approximately 8% of the hearings were held through video conferencing.
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