Michigan Social Security Lawyer

Handling Disability and SSI Claims Statewide

Social Security benefits were developed to protect workers and their families from loss of income due to age, disability or death. Every person has the right to be represented by an attorney while pursuing a claim or other rights under titles II, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act. In fact, being represented by an attorney will ensure smooth claim processing and faster payment outcome.

Three types of Social Security benefits are available: retirement, survivor, and disability.

Social Security Disability

If you become disabled, from a work accident or qualified health problem, you can file for Social Security Disability. Disability benefits are paid based on a worker’s inability to work for medical reasons.

Did you know that when a person files a disability claim on their own with the Social Security system, there is a 65% chance their claim will be denied? Hiring an experienced attorney before you file will guide you through the process and ensure you get the maximum benefits.

How Much Does a Disability Attorney Cost?

By Michigan law our fee is limited to 25% of the past due benefits you are awarded, up to a maximum of $6,000. There is no up front fees and no retainer required for us to work on your Social Security Disability case. You only pay when we win your case.  So why wait? Fill out the form on this page or call to schedule your no obligation case review.

Who Qualifies for Disability?

You can claim disability for any of the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal problems such as back injuries
  • Cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure or coronary artery disease
  • Sensory and speech issues such as vision or hearing loss
  • Respiratory illnesses such as COPD or asthma
  • Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease or epilepsy
  • Mental Disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or autism

If you want to file for disability benefits, contact us right away by calling or filling out the form on this page.  We will help you complete the necessary forms and guide you through the legal process to the best possible outcome.  Doing it right the first time will allow you to receive benefits as quickly as possible.

Social Security Death Benefits

Social Security survivor’s benefits are paid to widows, widowers, and dependents of eligible workers. This benefit is particularly important for young families with children. If you are working and paying into Social Security, some of those taxes you pay are for survivor’s benefits. Your spouse, children, and parents could be eligible for benefits based on your earnings. The deceased person must have worked long enough to qualify for benefits.

To apply for survivor benefits, you need to notify the social security administration right away. You cannot do this online because the social security offices are closed to the public due to COVID.  This means you need to apply by phone or enlist the services of an attorney. Plus, there are many forms. You must choose the right one and fill it out completely, which can be overwhelming.  If you’ve got questions or need help filing for social security death benefits, please take advantage of the FREE consultation we offer.  Just call or complete the form on this page and we will contact you promptly to discuss your situation.

Social Security for Retirement

Social Security Retirement benefits are based on age. You can take Social Security at the age of 62 at a reduced rate. The longer you can afford to wait, the higher your Social Security amount will be up until your full retirement age. Most financial advisors tell people to wait until age 70. Full retirement age (FRA) is the age when you can start receiving your full retirement benefit amount. The full retirement age is 66 if you were born from 1943 to 1954. The full retirement age increases gradually if you were born from 1955 to 1960, until it reaches 67. For anyone born 1960 or later, full retirement benefits are payable at age 67. You can find your full retirement age by birth year in the full retirement age chart. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or need help filing.

The Bottom Line

If you feel that you might be entitled to receive social security benefits due to a disability or other circumstance, or you have a question or concern about your benefits, our firm is here to help. We are experts at dealing with the Social Security forms and processes and are committed to getting you results!  Call us today or fill out our online form to request a FREE consultation.  The advice is free and you have nothing to lose but a bit of your time.

Why Choose Chowning & Edgar

The Leading Workers Comp and Social Security Lawyers in Michigan

  • FREE Consultation
  • No Fees Until We Win
  • Years of Success
  • Winning Workmans' Comp Cases Since 1985
  • Flexible Appointments - In Person or Virtual
  • Handling Cases from Work Injury to SS Disability
  • Local, Personal Representation
  • We Take the Time to Educate You on Your Rights
  • Focus on Workmans' Compensation & Disability
  • To Get The Benefits You Deserve

No matter where you are in the process, we've got the time to discuss your case with you. The call is free and there is absolutely no-obligation. So click the button and fill out our contact form or call us at (810) 695-2110
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536 Perry Rd, Suite 5
Grand Blanc, MI 48439

(810) 695-2110 or (810) 221-1471

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Chowning & Edgar PLLC is located in Grand Blanc, MI and serves clients in Flint, Saginaw, Detroit, Lansing, Pontiac, Lapeer, Birch Run, Burton, Clarkston, Clio, Corunna, Davison, Durand, Fenton, Flushing, Frankenmuth, Goodrich, Holly, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Lake Orion, Swartz Creek and Waterford. We also handle cases for clients throughout the State of Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.

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