Disability is controlled by the federal government.
As defined in the Federal Social Security Disability Act,
"disability" means the "inability to engage
in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically
determinable physician or mental impairment which can be
expected to last for a continuous period of not less than
12 months or result in death.
Michigan Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Benefits or SSD are
paid to individuals who have worked in recent years. Usually
you have to work five out of the last 10 years, although
requirements differ in certain circumstances.
Michigan SSI Disability Benefits (SSI)
SSI Disability or Supplemental Security Income
Benefits are paid to individuals who are poor and disabled
whether or not the individual has worked in the past. SSI
child's disability benefits are paid to children who are
under 18 years old, are disabled and whose parents or guardian
How much Social Security Disability or SSI benefits an
individual gets depends on their past work history or
with SSI on the individual circumstances of a disabled
Widows - it depends on how much the spouse earned and/or
the parent (for a disabled child).
A large portion of claims are denied and have to be immediately
taken to further stages. Therefore, it is a good idea
to have an attorney in line before you apply.