If you have a disability, getting the Social Security Disability benefits you need can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. You have the right to legal representation when applying for benefits or appealing a denial. If you live in Hilliard, OH, and want help applying for your benefits, contact Berger and Green.
Our attorneys can help you understand the application process, prepare and submit your paperwork, and monitor how your application is doing. We provide comprehensive legal services to lighten the burden of getting your benefits. Call (412) 661-1400 to get a free case evaluation to see how a Hilliard Social Security Disability lawyer may help your case.
Qualifying Disabilities for Disability Benefits
The SSA Blue Book outlines mental or physical impairments that are severe enough to qualify for disability benefits. As such, you may be approved for benefits if your condition matches or is equal to the listed disabilities. Some of the disabilities that qualify for benefits include:
- Neurological disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Cardiovascular problems
- Respiratory disorders
- Severe mental disorders
- Digestive system disorders
- Skin or blood disorders
If your current condition is not on the list, your doctor must provide medical evidence that clearly demonstrates that your injury keeps you from being able to work.
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Hilliard, call (412) 661-1400
Getting Legal Assistance for Your Case
An attorney may help you simplify the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application processes by managing your case and advocating on your behalf. Our legal services include:
Assessing Your Eligibility
We review all factors related to your eligibility, such as your medical condition, the severity of your disability, your work status, and current household income. We can advise you on what you may need to do to ensure your eligibility.
Submitting an Accurate and Thorough Application
We go over all the details of your case and fill out your application accordingly. Our lawyers are meticulous about making sure that your application is complete and all the information is accurate.
Monitoring Your Application
We communicate with the SSA on your behalf to make sure that there are not any issues with your application. We also monitor the application and keep you informed if there are any updates.
Filing an Appeal if Your Application Is Rejected
If the SSA turns down your application, we file an appeal on your behalf. Keep in mind that it is better to file an appeal than to re-apply for disability.
Your Social Security application involves more than just filling out paperwork. Our goal is to present a compelling case backed by medical evidence that you deserve the SSI or SSDI benefits you are applying for.
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What You Need To Prove To Receive SSDI Benefits
To get approved for SSDI benefits, you need to establish several facts about your case, such as:
- Your disability prevents you from being able to work.
- Your disability is caused by a physical or mental impairment.
- Your disability lasted/will last more than 12 months.
- You draw less monthly income than the allowable amount if you are trying to work
- You have been paying into the Social Security program through your employment.
We may demonstrate that you are unable to work at your last job, unable to work at a job that you have the skills to do, or your earning capacity has been reduced. As a result, you may be able to perform a certain amount of work, but not enough to draw a substantial income.
What You Need to Prove to Receive SSI Benefits
The criteria for SSI are different than for SSDI. To qualify for SSI benefits, you must:
- Be disabled using the same standards as SSD
- Have limited income and few assets (this limit can change yearly).
- Be a U.S. citizen or national or be “in one of certain categories of aliens.”
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What Happens if Your Disability Claim Is Rejected
There are several reasons why your SSDI or SSI benefits application may have been rejected. Some reasons include:
- Your application was incomplete or incorrect.
- There was not enough evidence to prove your eligibility.
- You did not follow all instructions provided by the SSA.
- You have not followed your prescribed medical treatment.
- Your household income exceeds the allowed limit.
If your application was turned down, you may appeal the SSA’s decision. A Hilliard Social Security Disability lawyer may still take on your case to help you with your appeal. We can help you navigate the appeals process, handling the following:
- Filing a request for reconsideration on your behalf
- Present your case to an Administrative Law Judge
- Request a review by the Appeals Council
- Build a case to present to the Federal Court
Our legal team may provide these legal services and help you with your case by representing you during meetings or hearings with an SSA representative.
We can assess why your claim was turned down and look at your application. Our lawyers can correct any errors on your original application and file for an appeal on your behalf. We can request reconsideration, present your case before the Administrative Law Judge, ask the Appeals Council to review the ALJ’s decision, or build your case for the Federal Court.
Get Started with Your Disability Application Today
Whether you are applying for SSI or SSDI benefits for the first time or trying to get an appeal, our law firm can help you with your case. Call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 to see how a Hilliard Social Security Disability Lawyer may be able to help with your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing upfront.