Social Security Disability

If you are an Ohio worker who has become unable to work due to a physical or mental disability, the experienced Ohio Social Security disability attorneys at Jones Law Group may be able to assist you in obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. 

    • SSI vs. SSDI : It’s easy to confuse the SSI and SSDI programs because their acronyms are so similar. Both the SSI and SSDI programs offer disability benefits, but the legal and financial eligibility requirements for each program are very different.   
    • Claims for Children : Children from birth up to the age of 18 may qualify for SSI benefits. They must meet Social Security’s definition of disability for children. Furthermore, the parents and child must have a limited income and resources. 
    • Social Security Disability Evaluation Process : The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for no less than a continuous period of 12 months. The SSA uses a step-by-step process to evaluate whether you are disabled.
    • Disability Appeals & Hearings : If your initial Social Security disability application was denied, you have the right to appeal. The first level of appeal is called a request for reconsideration and the second level of appeal involves requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
    • How to Apply for Benefits : Applying for disability benefits can be a complex and lengthy process. Learn how the disability application process works to increase the odds of winning your claim.
    • SSD FAQ: The laws governing the Social Security disability program are complex and confusing. Get answers to your questions about Social Security disability eligibility requirements, the hearing process, the appeals process, and more.

 

Types of Social Security Disability Claims

It’s important to understand the difference between each type of Social Security disability claim in order to successfully apply for benefits. The following are the four different types of claims: 

    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Disabled Adult Child Benefits
    • Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits

 

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can feel like an uphill battle. Most claimants who don’t have legal representation are denied benefits and may never completely understand why. The experienced Ohio Social Security disability attorneys at Jones Law Group can help you attain the benefits you deserve, no matter what type of claim you have.

 

How an Ohio Disability Attorney Can Help

It’s never too early to obtain legal representation for your Social Security disability claim. Whether you need help presenting a strong initial application, you require representation at the “reconsideration” level, or you’re seeking an attorney to represent you at an administrative hearing, the Ohio disability attorneys at Jones Law Group can assist you. Let us review your file and help determine your eligibility for SSDI or SSI. Our attorneys can also aid you in building your case and obtaining benefits as quickly as possible. We represent clients on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you only pay if we win your case. 

 

Contact a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Columbus, Ohio Today

If you want to determine your eligibility for SSI or SSDI benefits, or your claim was denied and you need help filing an appeal, the experienced Social Security disability lawyers at Jones Law Group can help you get the benefits you deserve. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online  to schedule a free initial consultation with our team. 

 

Steps of the Disability Determination Process

The Disability Determination Services (DDS) office uses a 5-step process to determine whether you are disabled. 

Are you working?

If you are working and are earning more than a certain amount each month, you will not be considered disabled. The amount changes each year. 

Is your impairment severe? 

Your ability to do basic work activities must be severely limited for the state agency to decide that you are disabled. 

Is your medical condition on the List of Impairments? 

The List of Impairments, also known as the blue book, is a list describing severe medical conditions that make you disabled as defined by law. If your condition isn’t on the list, the state agency will determine if your condition is as severe as a condition on the list. 

Can you perform the work you did before? 

The stage agency evaluates whether your impairment is severe enough to prevent you from doing the kind of work you did in the past. If your medical condition isn’t severe enough to prevent you from doing work you did before, your claim will be denied. 

Can you do any other type of work? 

If you cannot do the work you did in the past, the state agency will consider whether there are other types of jobs you can do despite your condition. If they determine that there are jobs you can perform based on your age, education level, and job skills, your claim may be denied. 


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