As a Columbus disability attorney, I have seen many instances in which the Social Security Administration erroneously denied a claim for benefits. One of the most common errors occurs when the state agency evaluating an application for Ohio Social Security disability benefits overestimates the claimant’s “residual functional capacity.” For example, you may have a problem with sitting or standing for long periods of time. While this may be a very real problem for you, the Social Security Administration does not automatically identify sitting or standing problems as disabilities.
Consequently, the state agency may have determined that your residual functional capacity – that is, your ability to function (sit, stand, walk, bend, etc.), in spite of the limitations caused by your medical condition – is such that you are capable of performing “medium” work when, in fact, you are only capable of performing “light” work. This discrepancy will result in a mistaken denial of benefits. Depending on your age, correcting this error in your residual functional capacity may result in a finding of “disabled.” Other common errors that may result in a mistaken denial of benefits include:
If your Ohio disability benefits claim was denied, a Jones Law Group lawyer can review your file to determine if the denial was in error and, if so, take action to correct that error. We understand the intricacies of the Social Security rules and regulations. We will determine how and why the Ohio state agency concluded you were not disabled and dig deeper to develop proof of discrete issues that demonstrate the true nature of your impairment and reveal the Social Security Administration’s error. If you would like to consult with us about your Ohio Social Security disability claim, please call our office at (614) 545-9998 or contact us online.
Social Security Benefits Increase in 2018
When the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when […]READ MORE →
Patrick Monday, April 2, 2018 A special thank you to Jones Law Group attorneys Kevin Larrimer and Nick Kolitsos for helping me with my STRS disability claim. They are both very competent and well versed in Ohio STRS disability law and were able to succeed in my claim where I was unable on my own. […]