Who We Are
The West Michigan Social Security Disability Law Center is committed in providing the highest quality legal representation available to its’ social security disability clients. With over 90 years of combined experience in legal representation in this complex area, our expertise and success rates are of the highest levels. We meet with our clients from the beginning and keep them advised at every step during the process. Our familiarity with many of this area’s treating physicians and proven success rates with the judges who will actually decide your claim is of great benefit to you and the outcome of your claim.
Absolutely no fee unless you get the benefits you deserve.
Our social security disability lawyers have highly successful track records working with the judges who will decide your case and with many of the area’s treating doctors. Talk with us first, before you decide who will represent you.
Social Security Disability
We will discuss and answer any questions you may have over the telephone. At that time, we will assess your claim and discuss your options with you at no cost or obligation to you.
If we believe you have a claim for benefits, you will meet with one of our highly experienced attorneys to discuss your case. We have offices in Kalamazoo/Portage (main office), Grand Rapids and Battle Creek for your convenience.
When we represent you, we do the rest. We obtain the necessary medical records and fully prepare your case for hearing to improve your chances of success. We meet with you every step of the way so that you know what to expect and are comfortable with the process.
OUR KALAMAZOO OFFICE
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Social Security disability (SSD) or supplemental security income (SSI) benefits?
There are several methods available to potential claimants. First, one may file for disability online. Second, one may call the Social Security office to set up an appointment to apply. Another option is to have your representative (normally an experienced Social Security disability attorney) assist you in the online application process.
When is a person considered disabled for Social Security disability purposes?
To be considered disabled, a person must have an impairment, either medical, psychological or both. The person’s impairment must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. This definition essentially states that the impairment must be severe enough to keep that person from working and earning above a certain amount for at least 12 months or more. Remember, however, the impairment must have either lasted for at least 12 calendar months or the projected or expected to last that long.
What type of evidence is used to evaluate and decide my disability benefit claim?
For both Social Security disability (SSD) and supplemental security income (SSI) matters, medical evidence is immensely important. This evidence may take many forms, including doctor’s notes, mental health records, hospital records, blood work and other types of testing, including MRI, CAT scans or x-rays. Often the records that carry the most weight are those from the claimant’s personal doctor or treating physician. This is because that physician generally knows the medical condition better than any other source. Consequently, statements from the treating physician can be very helpful to the claim.
Many law firms advertising these services are often from the other side of the state, or not even in Michigan. Not meeting with your attorney until minutes before your hearing can cause problems. It’s not the way to do it – it’s not how we do it. With offices in Kalamazoo (Portage), Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, our disability attorneys and staff live and work in West Michigan.
“I can’t thank you enough for getting my Social Security benefits. You and your staff helped me more than you’ll ever know. You always took the time to answer my questions and listened to my concerns, which I really appreciated. My life is getting back on track, thanks to you.”L.E., Kalamazoo
“Thank you seems like such a small way of saying how we feel about all you did to help us through these procedures. It’s from our hearts, though, that we say it.”R. and L.C., Schoolcraft