Social Security Disability

Detroit Social Security Disability Lawyers

Helping You to Secure the Benefits You Deserve

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a complex process that can be daunting. Our team at Bahrie Law can assist you in navigating it and ensuring your application package meets all requirements to maximize your chances of your benefits being approved. 

Protecting your best interests and ensuring you obtain the benefits you are eligible for are our top priorities. We personalize our legal counsel to your needs and offer an initial consultation at no cost.

Our Detroit Social Security Disability attorneys at Bahrie Law can assist you during the application process. Call us today at (800) 785-9924 or use our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation!

Are You Are Eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program for “insured” individuals who have a disability preventing them from working. SSDI benefits eventually become retirement benefits at full retirement age. To qualify as “insured,” you must have been employed for a specific time and earned taxable income, and your disability must meet the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability standards.

To determine your disability status, the SSA reviews the following factors:

  • If you can perform a job at any “substantial gainful activity” (SGA)
  • The level of your injury and/or medical condition
  • If your medical situation is on the SSA’s list of impairments
  • If you can perform the same professional duties as before the disability
  • What other type of work you can do

If you can work in a partial capacity but make too much, you will not be eligible for SSDI. If your disability prevents you from returning to your past job, but you can obtain other substantial gainful employment, you may not qualify.

What Is the SSDI Application Process?

You must submit your SSDI application package on the phone with a Social Security agent or via paper. Online applications aren’t available. We recommend that you provide us with all the necessary information and have us prepare the application to ensure everything is completed accurately.

 By doing so, we will have a solid foundation to appeal if your application is denied, which is common for first-time filers, even when the application is prepared correctly.

The steps to apply for SSDI are:

  • Gather all necessary information and documents for the initial application
  • Complete the application and submit it to the SSA
  • The SSA reviews your application and supporting documents
  • The SSA processes your application and sends it to the Disability Determination Services agency
  • The Disability Determination Services agency decides if you are eligible for SSDI

SSDI Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The easiest way to determine how much money you receive with your SSDI benefits is to visit and sign up for a “my social security” account. Once you log in, you will find a variety of documentation about your SSDI benefits, including the money you’ll receive.

Your SSDI benefits can be reduced due to other disability-related payments you already receive, such as long-term disability benefits. It is important to let your lawyer know about other benefits when you prepare your application package.

Besides your SSDI benefits, you may be eligible to apply for a separate federal program for individuals with disabilities: Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI fund allocation is needs-based and has its own set of requirements.

To qualify for SSI benefits, you must:

  • Be 65 years or older, blind, or disabled
  • Have limited income and resources (determined by the SSA based on income and assets)
  • Be a US citizen, US national, or a qualifying immigrant

SSI benefits are limited and vary depending on your marital status. Due to the evolution of the cost of living, the SSA re-evaluates and adjusts its funding caps accordingly.

Helpful Information Regarding Detroit’s Social Security Offices

It can be difficult to find all the information you need surrounding social security’s offices and where to go depending on your case’s needs. Below our attorneys have compiled a resource list.

Field Office:

The field office handles the administration of cased from application all the way through reconsideration. They also handle payment post favorable decision by an administrative law judge.

Detroit field office is located at:

  • 34010 Plymouth Road, Detroit, MI  48150 
  • Phone number: 8669647371

Hearings Office:

Hearings are held at OHO (office of hearings operations) formerly known as ODAR (office of disability adjudication and review). The average wait time for a hearing as of October 2022  in the Detroit office is 12 months. Additionally, ALJ dispositional data is stored in archives documenting the approval rate of all administrative law judges.

Detroit hearing office is located very close to our Detroit office at: 

  • 3rd floor, 19575 Victor Pkwy, Detroit, MI 48152 
  • Phone number: (866) 530-7806

This hearing office services the following Social Security Field Offices in Michigan:

  • Ann Arbor 
  • Detroit (Northwest)
  • Farmington Hills
  • Inkster
  • Detroit
  • Pontiac

Detroit Judges and Approval Rates 

Below is the Detroit judges and approval rates the fiscal year, that is September to September.* 


FY 2022 Approval Rate

FY 2021 Approval Rate

ALJ Donald G D'Amato 



ALJ Ramona L Fernandez



ALJ Martha M Gasparovich



ALJ Patrick J MacLean



ALJ David A Mason, Jr.



ALJ Dennis M Matulewicz



ALJ Anthony R Smereka



ALJ Sarah R Smisek



* Disclaimer: approval rates for Detroit office based on information aggregated from above website

Why It's Important to Have an Attorney

Having an experienced attorney on your side can greatly increase the chances of a positive outcome in your case and make the process less stressful for you. Social Security attorneys have the advantage of knowing the legal system and claims process inside and out, meaning our team knows how to prepare you for your case in a way that only years of experience can. 

More specifically, our team knows what you must prove to obtain a favorable outcome as well as the process of presenting a case to your particular judge. Every case is unique and a particular percentage of approval rate does not necessarily mean the judge will rule one way or another on your particular set of facts. Call our Detroit social security lawyers today to speak to an experienced legal professional about the specifics of your case to get started.

Bahrie Law’s Social Security disability lawyers can guide you through the application process of receiving SSDI benefits in Detroit. Contact us via our online form or call us today at (800) 785-9924

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