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Provizer & Phillips, P.C.

            Attorneys At Law

Michigan Social Security and Long Term Disability Lawyers

30200 Telegragh Road, Suite 200, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025 Phone: 248-642-0444  Email: Info@p-ppc.com

 

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Denied Social Security Disability benefits? We’re here to help

   It’s not unusual for the government to deny even the most routine Social Security Disability claims or for Disability Insurers and Plans to well-deserved benefits

   Provizer & Phillips, P.C., has a proven track record of success helping individuals obtain disability benefits through the Social Security Administration and from Disability Insurers and Plans.

   For more than 20 years Provizer & Phillips, P.C., has been one of Michigan’s premier Social Security and long-term disability law firms.

   If you have a disease, condition or disability that limits or prevents you from employment, you may be eligible to receive government assistance in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or benefits from your disability plan or insurer.

   The government provides cash benefits on a monthly basis for persons who are totally disabled. In most cases you must be suffering from a condition that has or will prevent you from being employed for at least 12 months or a condition that will result in your death. In applying for these benefits there may be several levels of appeal that must be pursued. A denial at any one level or a past denial, may not disqualify you from receiving bnefits.

Most Long Term Disability Plans pay a percentage of  your wages or salary if you are disabled from  your own work or occupation for a period of time and then additional benefits if you are disabled from any occupation or work.

   We understand that filing with the Social Security Adminstration or trying to get insurer or plant to pay can be a daunting process. Let Provizer & Phillips, P.C., help you get the  benefits you deserve. Our lawyers fight to achieve the best possible result in every case. There are NO FEES unless we obtain benefits on your behalf.

   Provizer & Phillips, P.C., has the experience, expertise and winning record to help you obtain the benefits you have worked for, contributed to, and deserve. We have successfully obtained benefits for Social Security disability and long-term disability in most cases, recovering millions of dollars for our clients.

Let Provizer & Phillips, P.C., help by:

• Analyzing your case by medical and vocational experts to determine eligibility.

• Ensuring you provide information that helps lead to a positive outcome when submitting your claim.

• Reducing the amount of time it takes for the Social Security Administration to reach a decision on your claim.

• Handling each process of your claim including representation at a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.

   Call Provizer & Phillips, P.C., today at (248) 642-0444 for your free consultation.

 

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Ask the Disability Lawyer

Provizer & Phillips, P.C.

            Attorneys At Law

Michigan Social Security and Long Term Disability Lawyers

30200 Telegragh Road, Suite 200, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025 Phone: 248-642-0444 Email: Info@p-ppc.com

 

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Provizer & Phillips

            Attorneys At Law

Michigan Social Security and Long Term Disability Lawyers

 

 

 

Contact Provizer&Phillips Social Security Attorneys

Provizer & Phillips, P.C., has the experience, expertise and winning record to help you obtain the Social Security Disability benefits you have worked for, contributed to, and deserve. Call today for your free consultation.

 

Provizer & Phillips, P.C.

30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 200

Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025

Phone: (248) 642-0444

Fax: (248) 642-6661

Email: info@p-ppc.com  

 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer: This website is intended to provide general information to the public which is intended to be, but not guaranteed, correct and current. You should not rely upon the information on this site in place of obtaining specific legal advice regarding your specific issues from a lawyer.  Every claim is unique medically and legally.  You cannot assume any or all of the discussions herein are directly applicable or binding to your claim.  Provizer & Phillips, P.C., can guarantee a favorable resolution of your claim or anyone’s claim. Review of these materials should not be considered as a direct solicitation for an attorney-client relationship nor does consultation with Provizer & Phillips, P.C., by e-mail or by telephone about your case constitute an agreement for an attorney/client relationship.

Do you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

   In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet several qualifications put forth by the Social Security Administration.

   The Social Security Administration governs two benefit programs: retirement benefits for workers who have reached the prescribed retirement age; and disability benefits for people who are unable to work but have not yet attained the prescribed retirement age.

   There are two disability benefit programs: Social   Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI; and Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI.

  The SSDI program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you are disabled, worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SSDI includes Medicare insurance.

   The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI includes Medicaid insurance, but it does not pay benefits to family members.

   Because Social Security Disability Insurance is funded by the Social Security tax fund, even individuals who qualify as disabled must also have sufficient Social Security work credits in order to qualify for payments.

   In the case of need-based Supplemental Security Income, there are no work requirements because the program is financed through general tax revenues and not by the Social Security tax.

  The Social Security Administration determines disability using a five-step evaluation:

Are you working? If you are working and your earnings average more than a certain amount each month, you are not disabled. If you are not working, or your average monthly earnings do not exceed that amount, then your medical condition is reviewed.

Is your medical condition "severe"? Your medical condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work activities for at least one year. If your medical condition is not severe enough, you are not disabled.

Is your medical condition on the list of impairments? The list of impairments describes medical conditions that are so severe they are automatically disabling as defined by law. If your medical condition is not on the list, it is reviewed to determine if it is as severe as a condition that is on the list. If the severity of your condition meets or equals that of a listed impairment, you are disabled.

Can you do the work you did before? Your medical condition must prevent you from being able to do the work you did before. If not, you are not disabled.

Can you do any other type of work? Your medical condition must prevent you from doing other work. If you can do other work, you are not disabled. If you cannot do other work, you are disabled.

   Having a qualified lawyer who specializes in Social Security Disability law to help you to determine if you meet the disability requirements is critical before you contact with the Social Security Administration.

   Call Provizer & Phillips, P.C., today at (248) 642-0444 for your free consultation.

 

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How to apply for Social Security Disability benefits

  Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the first step in attempting to recover federal disability funds that you are rightfully entitled to if found disabled by the Social Security Administration.

   In the application, you will be required to disclose pertinent information that go to prove why you are unable to work. Although the application itself can take several hours to fully complete, it is a requirement if you want to be considered a recipient of Social Security Disability benefits.

   There are a few ways to complete your application for disability benefits and over the years, the Social Security Administration has made it easier to submit your application. Below are the most common forms of submitting your application:

Online application: By logging onto www.ssa.gov, the Social Security Administration's website, you can fill out the application in the comfort of your own home. The Social Security Administration website allows you to move through the online application at your own pace and if you want to continue it at a later time, you simply save the information that you have already entered and you can log onto your application at a later time.

In-person application: The Social Security Administration also allows individuals to make appointments at their local office to apply in person. If you do not have access to a computer or have an impairment prevents you from filling out the application on your own, you can make an appointment to sit down with a Social Security Administration representative to complete the application. To make an appointment at your local office, you can call 1-800-772-1213.

   Before applying, it's important to gather up all of your personal information such as your social security card, your birth certificate, naturalization card, employment records proving dates of employment, medical records, doctor's information, the names of any treatment centers or hospitals you may have visited and anything else relevant to why you are unable to work.

   If the application is filled out correctly and all documentation is in order, applicants should receive a letter containing the Social Security Administration’s decision to approve or deny the claim within three to five months.

   Due to the overwhelming number of claims, however, combined with the fact that the Social Security Administration often enlists the help of state agencies in the review process, it is not uncommon for paperwork to be misplaced and the decision delayed several months. This is particularly true for applications that are incompletely or incorrectly filled out and filed by the applicant.

  Having an attorney to help you with the application process is critical when you are dealing with the Social Security Administration. Having a qualified lawyer who specializes in Social Security Disability law will greatly increase the chances of a favorable decision for your claim.

   Call Provizer & Phillips, P.C., today at (248) 642-0444 for your free consultation.

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What to do if you are denied Social Security benefits

   The vast majority of applications for Social Security Disability will be denied. Even if you have a strong case, the Social Security Administration may deny your claim in the hope that you will not pursue an appeal, thereby saving the government money.

    Once you have completed an application for disability benefits, the government obtains your medical evidence and goes through a five-step evaluation to determine if your claim will be accepted. You may be scheduled for a consultative examination with a state doctor as well. More than 60 percent of claims are denied at this “Initial Stage.”

   If you are denied, the Social Security Administration allows you 60 days to appeal this decision..

  If you choose to appeal you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. These judges have the authority to grant, remand or deny your appeal.

   This “Hearing Stage” represents your best chance of obtaining disability benefits, and it is important to prepare properly. Having a competent Social Security attorney can significantly increase your chances of being approved at this stage.

   If you do not agree with the action the judge has taken, there is another opportunity to appeal to an Appeals Council. After that stage, the appeal moves out of the administrative courts. Subsequent appeals can be filed in the federal courts: U.S. District Court, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

The Social Security Administration disability process is more of a marathon than a sprint.  It can be frustrating and time consuming to pursue the process as far as necessary.

   Choosing the right attorney to help you nativigate this often overwhelming process is critical when you are dealing with the Social Security Administration. Having a qualified lawyer who specializes in Social Security Disability law will greatly increase the chances of a favorable decision. An experienced legal representative can help to collect and organize medical records and other documentation, file reconsideration and appeal requests in a correct and timely manner, and prepare both you and your witnesses at hearings.

  In addition, legal fees for Social Security cases are mandated by the government, and are only awarded to representatives as a percentage of claimant’s backpay with a maximum allowable fee of $6,000 (as of June 2009). Therefore, there is no upfront cost to having a lawyer handle a Social Security Disability case.

   Provizer & Phillips, P.C., has the experience, expertise and winning record to help you obtain the Social Security benefits you have worked for, contributed to, and deserve. We have successfully obtained benefits for Social Security disability, long-term disability and railroad disability in most cases, recovering millions of dollars for our clients.

  Call Provizer & Phillips, P.C., today at (248) 642-0444 for your free consultation.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer: This website is intended to provide general information to the public which is intended to be, but not guaranteed, correct and current.  You should not rely upon the information on this site in place of obtaining specific legal advice regarding your specific issues from a lawyer. Every claim is unique medically and legally.  You cannot assume any or all of the discussions herein are directly applicable or binding to your claim.  Provizer & Phillips, P.C., can guarantee a favorable resolution of your claim or anyone’s claim. Review of these materials should not be considered as a direct solicitation for an attorney-client relationship nor does consultation with Provizer & Phillips, P.C., by e-mail or by telephone about your case constitute an agreement for an attorney/client relationship.

 

 

 

Ask the Disability Lawyer

Provizer & Phillips, P.C.

            Attorneys At Law

Michigan Social Security and Long Term Disability Lawyers

30200 Telegragh Road, Suite 200, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025 Phone: 248-642-0444  Email: Info@p-ppc.com

 

Heading:

Provizer & Phillips

           Attorneys At Law

Michigan Social Security and Long Term Disability Lawyers

 

 

 

Contact Provizer&Phillips Social Security Attorneys

Provizer & Phillips, P.C., has the experience, expertise and winning record to help you obtain the Social Security Disability benefits you have worked for, contributed to, and deserve. Call today for your free consultation.

 

Provizer & Phillips, P.C.

30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 200

Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025

Phone: (248) 642-0444

Fax: (248) 642-6661

Email: info@p-ppc.com  

 

Do you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

   In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet several qualifications put forth by the Social Security Administration.

   The Social Security Administration governs two benefit programs: retirement benefits for workers who have reached the prescribed retirement age; and disability benefits for people who are unable to work but have not yet attained the prescribed retirement age.

   There are two disability benefit programs: Social   Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI; and Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI.

  The SSDI program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you are disabled, worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SSDI includes Medicare insurance.

   The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI includes Medicaid insurance, but it does not pay benefits to family members.

   Because Social Security Disability Insurance is funded by the Social Security tax fund, even individuals who qualify as disabled must also have sufficient Social Security work credits in order to qualify for payments.

   In the case of need-based Supplemental Security Income, there are no work requirements because the program is financed through general tax revenues and not by the Social Security tax.

  The Social Security Administration determines disability using a five-step evaluation:

Are you working? If you are working and your earnings average more than a certain amount each month, you are not disabled. If you are not working, or your average monthly earnings do not exceed that amount, then your medical condition is reviewed.

Is your medical condition "severe"? Your medical condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work activities for at least one year. If your medical condition is not severe enough, you are not disabled.

Is your medical condition on the list of impairments? The list of impairments describes medical conditions that are so severe they are automatically disabling as defined by law. If your medical condition is not on the list, it is reviewed to determine if it is as severe as a condition that is on the list. If the severity of your condition meets or equals that of a listed impairment, you are disabled.

Can you do the work you did before? Your medical condition must prevent you from being able to do the work you did before. If not, you are not disabled.

Can you do any other type of work? Your medical condition must prevent you from doing other work. If you can do other work, you are not disabled. If you cannot do other work, you are disabled.

   Having a qualified lawyer who specializes in Social Security Disability law to help you to determine if you meet the disability requirements is critical before you contact with the Social Security Administration.

   Call Provizer & Phillips, P.C., today at (248) 642-0444 for your free consultation.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer: This website is intended to provide general information to the public which is intended to be, but not guaranteed, correct and current.  You should not rely upon the information on this site in place of obtaining specific legal advice regarding your specific issues from a lawyer.  Every claim is unique medically and legally.  You cannot assume any or all of the discussions herein are directly applicable or binding to your claim. Provizer & Phillips, P.C., can guarantee a favorable resolution of your claim or anyone’s claim. Review of these materials should not be considered as a direct solicitation for an attorney-client relationship nor does consultation with Provizer & Phillips, P.C., by e-mail or by telephone about your case constitute an agreement for an attorney/client relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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