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Michels & Booth Expanding Practice to Social Security

Michles & Booth is proud to announce the addition of a Social Security disability practice to our growing firm. By adding the Social Security disability practice, our firm is better equipped to help those who are unable to return to full-time work as a result of a serious medical condition. From application through a hearing with the Social Security judge, Michles & Booth will be there for our clients to help guide them through the difficult process of obtaining disability benefits. If you are actively treating for any medical condition, and are not able to work full-time, Michles & Booth is here to help you obtain your Social Security Disability benefits.

The process begins with an initial application done by telephone, internet or in person at the local Social Security office. If applicants are denied on the initial application they have sixty (60) days to file a Request for Reconsideration for a second review of their file. If their Reconsideration is denied, they again have sixty (60) days to file a Request for Hearing with a Social Security judge. Michles & Booth can help clients at any stage of the application process and there is never a fee for our services unless you are awarded benefits. The average time between initial application and hearing with the judge is eighteen (18) months, during which time Michles & Booth collects medical records and written opinions from doctors about our client’s limitations and ability to return to work.

Social Security goes through a five-step process in determining entitlement to disability benefits. The first consideration is whether an applicant is performing “substantial gainful activity”. That is, working full-time. While some part-time work is permitted, if the applicant is earning more than approximately $1,000.00 per month they will not be eligible for disability benefits. Social Security then determines whether the applicant is actively treating for one or more medical conditions that have more than a minimal impact on the applicant’s ability to work. Social Security will consider all medical conditions, regardless of the cause of the condition. In rare situations, Social Security will accept the applicant at this point if their medical condition is severe enough. However, Social Security almost always goes on to determine if there is any work anywhere in United States the applicant can perform based on their limitations, age, education and work history.

If you think you may qualify for benefits, Michles & Booth offers free consultations to discuss and assess your claim. We are always here for our clients and work hard to make sure you get the benefits to which you are entitled.  Click here to learn more.

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