Rules For Determining Disability in Michigan
It is very difficult to meet the strict rules and regulations adopted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to be awarded Social Security disability benefits. The complexity of these standards makes it imperative for even the most experienced claimants to hire Detroit disability attorneys to help them prepare their claim and appeal to the highest level, if necessary, in order to get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve.
When the Social Security disability examiner evaluates a Social Security disability claim, he or she looks to see if the claimant’s physical impairment limits his or her ability to stand, sit, walk, lift, bend or work with their hands. In making the job of the examiner more simple and more uniform across the board, the SSA has developed what is referred to as the “Grid Rules” in determining physical disability.
Detroit disability attorneys also use the grid rules to determine whether their client will be considered disabled according to the standards of the SSA. The grid rules allow the applicant to line up several factors in the form of a grid to evaluate whether they meet one of the rules set by the SSA in qualifying for disability benefits. If so, they will automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
More specifically, the grid rules recognize that once a less educated, less skilled individual reaches the age of 50, there will be less simple and unskilled jobs available for that person to perform, even if they could perform it given the restrictions of their disability.
Know What Information the Examiner Is Looking For
Once Detroit disability attorneys have reviewed their client’s facts with respect to the grid rules, they know exactly what the examiner or the administrative law judge at the hearing level are looking for in awarding disability benefits. This knowledge of providing exactly what is needed to get benefits is invaluable to every claimant who is dependent on disability benefits for their financial livelihood.
For more information about grid rules or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Detroit disability attorney Marc J. Shefman, please call (248) 298-3003.