Ohio Social Security Disability Attorney
Our firm represents claimants in all stages of the Social Security disability claim appeal process. There are several types of disability benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration. The two programs most frequently applied for are Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB aka SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). DIB can only be obtained if an individual is “disabled” and “insured” through having paid sufficient social security taxes. SSI is based upon being found “disabled” and having limited resources/income. For both benefit programs, the individual must have severe mental and/or physical impairments or combination of impairments expected to last at least twelve months or result in death. Also, the individual cannot be engaged in full-time work with earnings beyond a certain amount. Other factors social security considers in determining eligibility beyond medical issues include, education, and work history. It usually takes approximately three to six months to receive a decision from Social Security after the initial application. Many initial applications for benefits are rejected and only approximately fifty percent (50%) of the claims are appealed. If your initial application is denied, you must appeal the decision within 60 days of receipt by filing a Request for Reconsideration. If the decision based upon your request for reconsideration is unfavorable, you do have the right to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. The same appeal period applies to these appeals – 60 days. Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits can be a long and frustrating process. We have been there for thousands of disability claimants. If you have any questions or would like to consult with an attorney, please call our office.