James R. Rinck, P.C.

James R. Rinck, P.C.

Michigan Social Security, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney Advocating for Your Rights

Firm Overview

Determined attorney with more than 25 years of experience fighting on your behalf
Since 1986, James R. Rinck, P.C. in Grand Rapids, Michigan has represented individuals throughout western Michigan in matters involving Social Security, workers compensation, personal injury and unemployment law. James R. Rinck has more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record of providing positive results for clients. If you are disabled or have been injured on the job or due to the negligence of others and no one else can help you, I listen to your case and aggressively represent you to obtain a favorable outcome. I approach each client compassionately and work to understand the details of your individual situation to identify the best course of action. I am determined to get you a successful resolution and will file a federal case if necessary to secure your victory. Call me today to schedule a consultation and find out how I can help you.

Compassionate representation of every client from case inception to conclusion
At James R. Rinck, P.C., I understand the stress you are going through if you have been injured or become disabled. I work with each client personally to ensure effective representation. As your attorney, I am:
-Accomplished I graduated from Calvin College with honors in 1979 and from the University of Illinois Law School in 1982. I am the longest-serving member of the Grand Rapids Public School Board of Education and ran for Congress in 2006. I have received the Michael Barnes Award from the Western Michigan Legal Aid Board. These accomplishments are testament to my dedication to my profession and my abilities in representing my clients.
-Willing to go the distance I am ready to advocate aggressively for your rights as far as it takes to secure your victory. If necessary, I will file claims with federal courts to ensure your rights are honored and you achieve a favorable outcome to your case.
-Extensively experienced I have the extensive court experience necessary to guide you on this road to a successful resolution. My experience includes representing clients in the 6th circuit court, the district court and the Michigan supreme court.

Vigorous Michigan attorney advocating in matters of Social Security, workers compensation and personal injury
I fight tenaciously on behalf of my clients in the following practice areas:

-Social Security My Social Security practice helps clients seeking Social Security disability benefits file claims, and I follow through for as long as required to ensure your receive the benefits you are entitled to.
-Workers Compensation In workers compensation matters, I aggressively advocate for clients who have been injured at work or in a work-related activity. I skillfully maneuver through the complex legal process involved in securing your compensation.
-Personal Injury In my personal injury practice, I advocate on behalf of clients injured due to someone else's negligence. I diligently pursue the compensation necessary for you to get your life back on track.

Main Office

Main Office
146 Monroe Center N.W., Suite 1108
Grand Rapids MI 49503




Social Security

How the Social Security Administration defines disability
In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, it is not enough for your doctor to declare you disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a disability as an inability to engage in any substantial gainful employment activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that:

Can be expected to result in death, or
Has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of 12 months or more.

Some conditions that may qualify as disabilities include:

-Total blindness
-Total deafness
-HIV infection
-Cerebral palsy
-Down syndrome
-Muscular dystrophy
-Severe mental retardation
-Birth weight below 2 pounds, 10 ounces

Effect of your earnings history on SSA program eligibility
Your employment history and your ability to work affect your eligibility for either of the following government-sponsored disability benefit programs:

-Social Security Disability Income (SSDI): An applicant who is seeking SSDI disability benefits is required to have contributed to the Social Security fund through employment-based taxes long enough to be considered fully insured and recently enough to have secured disability insured taxes.
-Supplemental Security Income (SSI): The government grants SSI benefits to adults with limited income or resources and children based in part on household income. The SSI program involves work incentives and exclusions that are beneficial to lower income households.

How to handle a Social Security claim delay or denial
Do not give up if you were turned down for Social Security disability benefits or if your claim has been delayed. Many claims are denied based on a technicality such as not stating your disability correctly or failing to provide an adequate medical record to support your claim. James R. Rinck, P.C. is familiar with what it takes to secure benefits and can help you with refiling your claim or filing for reconsideration.

James R. Rinck

James R. Rinck, P.C.

-1982, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Law School:
-University of Illinois, J.D.

-Grand Rapids Bar Association
-State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Criminal Law; Negligence Law; Workers' Compensation)
-Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
-National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives.

-Member, National Moot Court Team, 1981-1982.
-Member, Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, 1995-2002.
-Member, Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, 1993.

-Grand Rapids, Michigan


University of Illinois