My disability application was denied.

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.


B. Thomas Golden

Tom Golden practices law from his offices in Ionia and Lowell, Michigan. He focuses on serving disabled and disadvantaged individuals by standing up for their rights. Whether he is suing suing billion dollar companies or standing up to the federal government, you can trust that Tom will protect his clients and serve as a booming voice for those who would otherwise be silenced.