Social Security Disability
If you cannot work due to an illness, injury or disabling condition, you and your dependents may be eligible for Social Security benefits. While the benefits may be available, obtaining them can be difficult. The vast majority of claims are initially turned down.
Filing a claim with the Social Security Administration for disability benefits requires an understanding of their process and terminology. The Knisley Law Office has been handling both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Interest (SSI) claims through the entire state of Ohio for the last 60 years. We understand no two cases are the same, which is why we make sure each case gets the individual attention it deserves. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced social security attorney.
Social Security Disability Insurance
Under Social Security, a claimant is disabled and is entitled to benefits if s/he is not capable of “substantial gainful activity.” Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities. This includes “past relevant work,” which is any gainful activity you have had in the past 15 years.
The fact that the claimant cannot work must be the result of one or more medically determinable physical and/or mental problems. The problem which causes a claimant to be disabled does not have to be the result of work. However, if a claimant is disabled due to work, s/he can still receive Social Security Disability as long as the requirements are met. There may be an offset if the claimant is also receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
The durational requirement means that the claimant has a physical and/or mental impairment causing them to be disabled and unable to work for a minimum of 12 months. More specifically, the medical impairment which causes the disability must either (1) last for longer than 12 months; (2) is expected to last longer than 12 months; or (3) can be expected to result in death.
The central requirement for Social Security Disability Insurance is that you must have earned the required number of work credits within a certain time frame (varies depending on your age).
If a person is disabled, but has not reached disability insured status, s/he may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income. Contact us today at 1-800-573-9503 to learn more about Social Security Diability Insurance and Supplemental Security Interest benefits.
File the proper forms
The Social Security Disability process begins by filing the claim application at the local district office of the Social Security Administration closest to your residence. After the claim application is filed, an initial decision is made.
If the initial claim is disallowed, a request for reconsideration can be filed and, at this point, legal representation is a must. Our attorneys at The Knisley Law Office can guide you through the process and ensure that all further paperwork is filed promptly, as requests for reconsideration must be filed within 60 days of the date the denial was received.
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