- How Berger and Green Can Help with Your Mahoning County, OH, Disability Case
- What Do I Have to Prove to Get Social Security Disability Benefits in Ohio?
- Overview of SSDI and SSI
- Challenging a Social Security Disability Denial in Ohio
- Discuss Your Case with Our Social Security Disability Team for Free
If you live with a medical condition or various health concerns that prevent you from working, you may qualify to receive income benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). At Berger and Green, we help clients file their applications or appeal denials. If you need help with your application, our Mahoning County Social Security Disability lawyer is here for you.
Berger and Green serves all parts of Mahoning County, Ohio. We provide free and confidential consultations for those living in Austintown, Damascus, Lake Milton, New Springfield, Youngstown, or other areas. We can meet with you today to discuss the SSDI or SSI application or appeals process and our services so that you know what your options are.
How Berger and Green Can Help with Your Mahoning County, OH, Disability Case
Berger and Green’s Ohio Social Security Disability attorneys help our clients apply for benefits, appeal denials, and deal with other issues related to SSDI or SSI benefits. We understand how important getting approved for disability benefits can be to someone whose health prevents them from working.
We represent our clients on contingency. You do not owe us anything upfront, and we are only paid from the back pay you receive when approved for benefits through an appeal.
With more than 40 years of experience representing clients and fighting for the benefits they deserve, our lawyers know how Social Security Disability works and how to manage appeals. We may be able to help you:
- Ensure your initial application has the correct and necessary information
- Help you file your benefits application
- Check that you include the contact details for the appropriate care providers
- Explain the appeals process after a denial
- Determine the possible reasons for the denial
- Represent you throughout the appeals process
- Offer suggestions and support to prove the condition that causes your disability
- Help you document your disability’s severity
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Mahoning County, call 412-661-1400
What Do I Have to Prove to Get Social Security Disability Benefits in Ohio?
While meeting all qualifications for SSDI or SSI is vital for getting approved for income benefits, the most difficult is generally showing that you have a long-term or permanent impairment that keeps you from earning a living. To get approval, you must show your medical diagnosis or related symptoms are so severe that they keep you from working.
It may be possible to show you qualify to receive disability benefits by meeting the evidentiary requirements the Social Security Administration (SSA) has set. This requires a Disability Determination Services (DDS) representative to obtain and assess your medical records. They likely will look at your records for information regarding imaging, testing results, doctor’s notes, treatment and outcomes, and other data, depending on your condition. In some cases, they ask claimants to go to a consultative examination to learn more about their condition.
Having access to your relevant medical records is vital to your case’s outcome, which is why Berger and Green completes a review to ensure our clients’ information is complete and accurate. We help them document their condition fully during the appeals process.
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Overview of SSDI and SSI
While both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance serve those who have severe medical symptoms or conditions that prevent them from working, the programs work in different ways and serve different people. The primary differences come from work requirements and income limits.
SSDI is a program to help workers who cannot continue their employment because of a severe long-term or permanent disability. Because of this, the program requires claimants to have a work history demonstrated through work credits earned by paying into Social Security. The program does not have household earning limits or limits on unearned income, although the claimant’s earned income needs to fall below certain limits.
SSI provides a source of income for those who need help meeting their basic needs because of a severe, long-term disability. This program serves those who have few other resources and very little household income from any source. There are no work requirements for SSI, but you will need to provide documentation of your household, how much each party owns, and the resources and assets available.
Challenging a Social Security Disability Denial in Ohio
When the Disability Determination Services representative evaluating a case decides that a claimant does not qualify for benefits, that person receives a denial notice. Unfortunately, this is the decision on most initial applications for SSDI and SSI.
If this happens to you in Mahoning County, Ohio, Berger and Green will assess your options during a free consultation. We may be able to request reconsideration for you, kicking off the appeals process. We have only a short time to act following your denial notice, though.
The Social Security Disability appeals process consists of several steps. We only have to continue until we are satisfied with the outcome. We are most often able to get approval for our eligible clients during the Administrative Law Judge hearing, but this is not always the case. It is possible to have a denial overturned at any step.
- Administrative Law Judge Hearing
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Federal Court review
We have found that many of our clients do not get approved based on their initial application, but this is not because they do not qualify. Instead, the Disability Determination Services representative does not obtain the necessary records, overlooks the proof of their qualifying condition, or there are other issues in proving their medical qualifications.
If necessary, we may be able to help our clients obtain better documentation of their disability, whether that requires requesting additional records or undergoing more evaluation and testing.
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Discuss Your Case with Our Social Security Disability Team for Free
Berger and Green can help you take the next step in your fight for Social Security Disability benefits today. We offer free case reviews for claimants in Mahoning County, Ohio. We can help you file your initial application or handle your reconsideration or appeal. We are here for you. Connect with us today to get started.