If you cannot work because of a long-term or permanent impairment, you may qualify for monthly income benefits from the Social Security Administration. There are programs to help people like you who struggle with financial stability because of a debilitating medical condition. A Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Bexley, OH from Berger and Green can review your case today for free.
Our team can help you apply for disability benefits or fight a denial of your initial claim. Let us evaluate your case and explain the next steps. Call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 now to get started.
Social Security Offers Two Programs for Those With Disabilities
Social Security has two programs that can help Bexley residents struggling with not being able to work because of a medical condition or injury. This includes:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI is the most common way workers below retirement age who cannot continue working get monthly income through the Social Security Administration. This program requires you to have a work history that includes earning work credits by working for a set number of years based on your age. You will also need to have worked in the last several years to qualify.
There are no asset limits with this program, and the income limits only consider the income you earn from working.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI does not have any work credit requirements, but the income and asset limits are very strict. This program is for those who need help making ends meet the most. The qualifications consider almost any type of income and most assets aside from your home, vehicle, and tools used for work.
Proving You Have a Qualifying Impairment for SSD Benefits
Either Social Security program requires you to prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment, meaning a medical condition, illness, or injury, that is serious enough to prevent you from working and earning at least the current substantial gainful activity limit. The easiest way to prove this is to provide medical evidence to show you meet an impairment listed in the Blue Book.
The Blue Book provides the criteria you must meet based on your impairing condition. You will need to have medical evidence in your file to show you meet these criteria. This, however, is not always as easy as it sounds.
Many people need to qualify based on their residual functional capacity (RFC) instead. This assessment of your abilities considers how numerous disabilities affect you, the side effects of medications, and conditions not listed in the Blue Book. There are three ways the Social Security Administration will evaluate your RFC:
- The disability examiner handling your case will use your submitted evidence.
- Your doctor will evaluate you using a special form.
- SSA will ask you to attend a consultative exam scheduled and paid for by them.
To receive benefits, any of these three methods will need to show your condition prevents you from working and keeping a steady job.
Berger and Green Can Help You Apply for SSD
No matter if you live in the historic neighborhoods in Bexley, elsewhere in Franklin County, or in the greater Columbus area, Berger and Green can help you with your Social Security Disability case. We understand the frustration and financial stress that can come with not being able to work and earn a living. We want to help you secure the income you need.
We can help you with the application process and receive SSD benefits in several ways, including:
- Evaluating your qualifications and explaining your options
- Walking you through the application process
- Double-checking your claim
- Working with the Social Security field office to complete any additional steps
- Managing your appeal, if it becomes necessary
We may also be able to help you pursue a personal injury payout if your impairing medical condition stems from a negligent accident. Our founding attorney, Laurence B. Green, has more than 40 years of experience handling these cases. Let us review the facts of what happened to you and explain your options. Call (412) 661-1400 now to learn more.
Berger and Green Can Help You Appeal an SSD Denial
It is not unusual for the Social Security Administration to deny initial claims for SSDI or SSI benefits. In fact, this happens in most cases. Many people who receive an initial denial can be approved later through the appeals process. This process has four levels:
- Appeal hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court
Each level represents another opportunity to get the approval you need. There are strict time limits though, so it is imperative that you reach out to us right away, so we can get started.
Given there is sufficient time to do so, we can:
- Request reconsideration on your behalf
- Request your appeal hearing if you do not get approved during the reconsideration
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge during your hearing
- Continue the appeals process if appropriate
For your free case review, contact a member of the Berger and Green team today at (412) 661-1400. We can challenge a denial on your behalf and fight for monthly benefits, back pay, and retroactive payment based on the facts of your case.
Talk to a Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyer in Bexley, OH
If you cannot work and earn a living because of a medical condition, impairment, or another health concern, you may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration. Berger and Green can review your case and explain your options, then walk you through the claims process.
If you already filed a claim and they denied your benefits, a Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Bexley, OH can challenge their decision. Call (412) 661-1400 today to discuss your needs with a member of the Berger and Green team for free.