Social Security Disability

If you are disabled and unable to work, the benefits provided by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may give the lifeline you need.

However, the process for applying and receiving these benefits can be confusing and difficult to navigate.

Fortunately, the Michigan attorneys at Hakim, Toma & Yaldoo, P.C. are here to explain your options and guide you through this difficult process.  Let our legal team help you get the benefits you deserve.

Explaining The SSD Application Process

Applying for SSD benefits typically involves many complex steps.  First, you must file your initial Social Security Disability application with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

You can start this application online at the Social Security website or by calling your local Social Security office to set up an appointment.

To be eligible for SSD benefits, you must be able to show a medical condition that prevents you from working and you have worked enough in the past to qualify for SSDI.  This is an injury expecting to last at least a year or has resulted in death.  In order to prove you meet these requirements, you will likely provide certain information and evidence when filing your application including:

  • Medical records from all of your doctors, hospitals, clinics and treatment facilities
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of all of your doctors, hospitals, clinics and treatment facilities, as well as the dates of your visits
  • Names and dosages of any medications your may be taking
  • Lab and test results
  • Detailed summary of your work history
  • Copies of your recent W-2s
  • Social Security number
  • Birth certificate

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Following the filing of your application, the Social Security office will initially determine whether you meet certain necessary criteria.  If you do, your application will be forwarded to the Disability Determination Services department for a complete review.  This process can take several months.

You will be notified once a determination is made regarding your application.  Do not be surprised if your claim is denied since most claims are at first.  Thankfully, you still have options available, including appealing the decision.

Keep in mind, however, this information barely scratches the surface of what you need to know when applying for SSD benefits.  It is always best to seek the legal counseling of an experienced attorney in order to avoid costly mistakes.

A Law Firm You Can Trust To Handle Your Disability Claim

If you have questions about how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, including questions regarding the appeals process, contact the legal representatives at Hakim, Toma & Yaldoo, P.C., today to speak with one of our skilled lawyers.

With offices in Warren and Grand Rapids, we assist clients on both sides of Michigan.  For a FREE initial consultation, reach us online or call our legal office at 1 (855) 558-8250.


Office Locations

Warren Office

8424 E 12 Mile Rd, Suite 200

Warren, MI 48093


Detroit Office

400 Monroe Suite 280

Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Rapids

3001 Orchard Vista Drive SE, Suite 220

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Saginaw Office

2811 E Genesee Ave. 

Saginaw, MI 48601