If you have a disabling condition that prevents you from working and earning a living, you could qualify to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. The claims process is not easy, however. A Carroll County Social Security Disability lawyer from Berger and Green may be able to help.
If you live in Carrollton, Malvern, Sherrodsville, Dellroy, Leesville, or elsewhere in Carroll County, Ohio, the Berger and Green team can review your application and other documents for free. We also may also be able to help you navigate the appeals process after a denial.
Berger and Green Helps Our Clients Get the Compensation They Deserve
For more than 40 years, Berger and Green has helped our clients pursue the compensation they need and deserve, whether that is through an insurance claim, lawsuit, or the Social Security Disability claims process. We understand how much you need these benefits and are here to offer support, advice, assistance, and representation along the way.
If you have not yet applied for your SSDI or SSI benefits, our team can review your initial application and ensure the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives essential information about your medical providers so that it can confirm that you qualify. We will help you apply for benefits or fight a denial if you previously applied on your own.
For a free legal consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer serving Carroll County, call 412-661-1400
Who Qualifies to Receive Social Security Disability?
Both SSDI and SSI require the claimant to “prove that the disability is so severe it keeps them from working.” In general, there are two ways of doing this. First, you can ensure your medical records contain the evidence called for under the section for your condition in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book, which is a list of qualifying impairments for benefits.
Alternatively, you will undergo a residual functional capacity assessment. This assessment, which may or may not require meeting with a doctor, considers your pain and other symptoms and whether they affect your ability to work and earn a living. This will establish how much you can do, known as your residual functional capacity.
Additionally, each Social Security Disability program also has its own qualifications. For example, SSDI applicants must have a minimum of 20 work credits, which is about five years of work. Younger workers may be eligible for benefits with fewer work credits. There is no work credit requirement for SSI, but you must meet strict income and asset limits.
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Social Security Disability Programs
Social Security Disability includes two programs, SSDI and SSI. Under some circumstances, applicants could qualify for one, the other, or both.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI is for workers who have an illness or injury that prevents them from working. Those who qualify cannot work their previous job or another job they might qualify to hold. Also, they are earning under the current substantial gainful activity limit, which is $1,350 for non-blind individuals in 2022.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI does not have a work requirement, but it does have strict limits on how much you can earn or own. This program considers your household income and resources when you apply. It is designed to help those who struggle to meet their basic needs, such as paying for food, shelter, and clothing.
Berger and Green Helps Clients with All Stages of Their Disability Claims
The Ohio Social Security Disability attorneys from Berger and Green understand how to navigate the claims process and help clients fight for the benefits they need. This process includes:
It is vital that you complete your initial application for SSDI or SSI completely and correctly. Even a minor mistake can lead to a denial. We encourage you to allow us to look over your application before you submit it so that we can double-check your work and help you apply for benefits.
If you receive notice from a Disability Determination Services (DDS) representative that they are denying your claim and you have not yet spoken with our team about your options, you may want to reach out to us. We can advise you on your options and guide you through the appeals process.
Reconsideration is the first step of the appeals process after a denial. It involves taking steps to ask DDS to review your claim again and reconsider your qualifications. The SSA requires this step in every appeal.
Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge
Unless DDS overturns your denial during reconsideration, the next step in appealing is a meeting with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This may be in person, via phone, or through a video conference. We represent our clients during this hearing and prepare them for what to expect. The Judge can decide to approve the claimant during this hearing or afterward or uphold the denial.
If we still need to move forward with an appeal after this point, we can ask the Appeals Council to review the decision. Lastly, a Federal Court review is possible if we do not have an approval before that stage.
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Proving Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits in Carroll County, OH
All SSDI or SSI cases require the claimant to prove their health conditions are so severe that they cannot work and earn a living. SSA provides evidentiary requirements based on the condition that causes your disability, usually including medical imaging, laboratory testing, and more.
When a DDS representative reviews your application, they also request your relevant medical records to see if this evidence exists to approve your claim. This is why Berger and Green team members check to see that the correct information is available for all your doctors before we help you submit your application.
Later in the appeals process, if necessary, we can also help you gather additional information and submit it to show that your pain, medication side effects, and other contributing conditions make it impossible for you to work often or long enough.
Speak to Our Team Member About Your SSD Application Today for Free
No matter where you are in the application process for Carroll County Social Security Disability, Berger and Green is here to help you. We will discuss your options, look over your application, help you apply, or represent you as we navigate the appeals process together. Contact us today for your free initial consultation with our team.