Cleveland Social Security Disability Attorneys
Ohio Lawyers For Your SSD Benefits
The Legal Representation You Need to Obtain SSD Benefits in Ohio
Since 1960, workers of any age, as well as their dependents, have been able to obtain disability benefits under certain circumstances. The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income systems exist to help people who suffer from disabling health conditions. The benefits available under these programs help individuals and families cope with the pain and distress that comes from suffering a disabling condition.
The SSD Program
Obtaining SSD benefits is often a slow and frustrating experience. The Social Security Disability program requires applicants to supply specific medical and personal information. At Garson Johnson LLC, our skilled lawyers help clients with every aspect of the SSD process, including:
- Understanding the requirements for Social Security Disability
- Filing an application
- Dealing with Social Security denials
- Proving you have an SSD eligible condition
In addition, our experienced attorneys handle claims for Supplemental Security Income. We can help you understand whether you meet the requirements for SSI. If you do qualify, we can help you file your SSI claim.
Understanding Disabling Conditions
Whether you were the victim of a workplace injury or are suffering from a disease or other serious illness, we have the resources and skill to get you the benefits you deserve. Our firm has provided exceptional service and intelligent representation to injured people for more than 30 years. We have extensive experience and know how to protect the rights of disabled people.
Filing for Social Security
Filing for Social Security benefits without an attorney is a tedious and confusing process. Applying online might seem like an easy and convenient option, but the form is complicated and often asks for things that are difficult to obtain. A mistake in filing for Social Security almost always results in a denial of benefits and can leave a deserving person without needed benefits for months or years. If you are considering filing an SSD application, our skilled lawyers can help you.
Social Security Disability Evidence
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires specific medical evidence demonstrating your disability. Many applications are denied because they lack the proper documentation from acceptable medical sources. Beyond proving that you have an SSD eligible condition, you must also show that it is severe enough to prevent you from working for 12 months or more, or that it will prove fatal. These requirements are strict and the SSA will not hesitate to deny your application if you fail to meet them.
Requirements for Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability benefits are not available to people with partial disability or short-term health concerns. To qualify for benefits, you must meet the government's definition of disabled, as well as fit the earnings profile based on your work history.
Social Security Disability Requirements – Earnings
Based on your age, work history and the time you became disabled, you might need anywhere from 1.5 to 9.5 years of work experience. For most workers, the requirement is that you must have worked for five years out of the previous 10 before your disability began. For younger workers, the duration of work required is less.
Medical Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration uses a five-step process to determine if you are disabled. We will help you gather and present evidence regarding this process, including:
- Are you working?
- How severe is your medical condition?
- Does your condition appear on the state's list of impairments?
- Can you do the work you were doing before you became disabled?
- Can you do any other job based on your age, experience, education, skills and medical condition?
If your condition is not on the official list of impairments, you may still be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you can show that your condition is as severe as those on the list.
Providing Acceptable Proof of Disability
Your disability is obvious to you. The reduced function and the pain you are likely going through can make applying for benefits a difficult experience. Just because you know you can no longer do your job does not mean the government will believe you. Our experienced attorneys can help you gather and present the proper evidence to demonstrate why you should receive SSD benefits.
Social Security Denials
The Social Security Administration denies the vast majority of disability claims. Roughly seven out of every 10 applications are denied. Many of the denied claims are made by people who are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. The claims are denied because they do not contain proper documentation of the disability or for some technical reason. What is important to understand is that if you have received a Social Security denial, lawyers at Garson Johnson LLC may be able to help you. You should not give up until you have spoken to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. Call (216) 696-9330, or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation.
What Comes After a Denial?
You can appeal your denial of Social Security Disability benefits. Our firm can guide your claim through the SSD appeals process. We will explain your options every step of the way. This may include:
- Administrative hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) or Disability Determination Services (DDS) panel
- Appeals Council decision
- Appeal in federal District Court
Each step of the process is governed by specific time limits and requirements. Few cases proceed all the way to federal court. The good news is that many claims that were initially denied are approved through the appeals process.
Skilled SSD Appeals Attorneys
Many denials are based on a failure to demonstrate an SSD eligible condition that prevents the applicant from working for 12 months or more. We can help you gather the information you need to present a successful claim for benefits. Our skilled Cleveland Social Security denial lawyers are dedicated to helping injured people get the benefits they deserve. Contact us online or Call 216-696-9330, to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.