If you live in Detroit and are unable to work due to injury or illness, you’re probably considering your options. Many disabled Detroit workers choose to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. The first step in doing so is to visit your local Detroit Social Security office, or call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213, to complete an application. Although the Social Security application process is fairly straightforward, over 70% of these applications are denied. If this happens, you can appeal the decision by filing a Request for Reconsideration, but the large majority of these appeals are denied. Your best chance at being awarded benefits comes at the next step in the appeals process, when you’ll appear in front of an administrative law judge for your disability hearing. Around 64% of Detroit Social Security applicants are approved for benefits at, or following, their Detroit disability hearing.
Detroit Health Resources
Medical records are the most critical part of your claim file when you’re applying for Social Security Disability in Detroit. The SSA will want to see objective evidence regarding how your disability (or disabilities) hinders your ability to work. You’re able to submit additional medical records at any stage in the appeals process, so it’s important that you obtain ongoing treatment.
However, some disabled Detroit workers may have trouble finding or affording the medical treatment that they need. Luckily, there are some Detroit resources where you may be able to obtain free or reduced-fee healthcare.
St. Francis Cabrini Clinic
1234 Porter Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Herman Kiefer Clinic
1151 S. Taylor St.
Detroit, MI 48202
Grace Ross Clinic
14585 Greenfield Rd.
Detroit, MI 48227
5400 E. 7 Mile Rd.
Detroit, MI 48234
Pickens Medical Center
15643 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48235
Bowman Community Health Clinic
15400 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48235
Detroit Mental Health Resources
For many Detroit Social Security Disability applicants, a psychiatric condition such as depression or anxiety contributes to their inability to work. If this is the case, it’s also critical that you receive the mental health treatment that you need. This is true not only for your own good, but because the SSA will want to see documentation regarding your mental health status.
For help obtaining mental health treatment, you can contact one of the Detroit mental health resources listed below:
New Center Community Mental Health Center
2051 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208
Detroit Central City Community Mental Health
10 Petersboro St.
Detroit, MI 48201
Detroit Supplementary Benefits
Those who receive Supplemental Security Income payments in Detroit may be eligible for a supplement from the State of Michigan, in addition to their federal benefit. This amount could range from $15 per month to up to $180 per month, depending on your current living arrangements.
Detroit Social Security recipients are eligible for Medicare benefits after two years of entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits. In the meantime, you could be able to obtain Medicaid through the state. Michigan also offers additional medical assistance for those who don’t qualify for Medicaid, such as MIChoice and Adult Benefits Waivers. For more information visit www.michigan.gov/mdch or call the Department of Community Health at (517) 373-3740.
Anyone living in Michigan can apply for SSI (or SSDI) at their closest Social Security office in Michigan.
Your Detroit Social Security Disability Claim
Unfortunately, for some Detroit disability applicants, having the appropriate medical records isn’t enough. Many different factors contribute to whether or not your claim is approved, and hiring a Detroit Social Security lawyer can be a great asset to your case. A Detroit disability lawyer who’s familiar with the process can advocate for you and answer your questions along the way.
Additionally, it doesn’t cost anything to hire a Detroit Social Security Disability lawyer. A Detroit disability attorney works on a contingency basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless you’re awarded benefits (and if that happens, their pay will be 25% of your back benefits, and is capped at $6,000.)
If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Detroit social security lawyer.