My disability application was denied.

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by B. Thomas Golden

Did you know that each state is only allowed to approve a certain percentage of initial disability applications?  This percentage varies from state to state, but is typically very low.  In Michigan, if everybody who applied for disability this year was truly disabled, the vast majority of those applications would still be denied to meet the mandate.  This is one reason why even the most obvious cases of disability can still be denied.  If you are disabled and apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you should not give up when you get your Notice of Disapproved Claim in the mail.

In Michigan, if your application is denied, you have the right to appeal the initial denial by asking for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge.  These judges are independent and have no set number of claims that must be denied.  The Administrative Law Judge can determine the outcome of your case with nobody looking over his or her shoulder.

The time to file your appeal by asking for a hearing is limited – you only have 60 days to ask for your hearing (plus a five day grace period).

Your chances to be approved for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits greatly improve at the hearing level, so if you have been denied, please contact us for a free case evaluation.


Attorney B. Thomas Golden practices Social Security disability and SSI law from his offices in Ionia, Michigan and Lowell, Michigan. Initial consultations are always free. So if you are wondering about how to apply for disability benefits, or wondering how to appeal a denial of Social Security benefits, please call today.  He can be reached by calling (616) 897-2900 or (616) 527-9700.

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