To qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Ohio, you will need to have the right medical evidence to prove your medical condition, a combination of conditions, or effects related to the condition are serious enough to prevent you from working. In addition, the condition must last a year, be expected to last a year, or be likely to cause your death.
While many types of disability programs offer partial or short-term benefits, you will need to show you suffer from a long-term, total disability to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits in Ohio.
The Social Security Administration Blue Book Includes Criteria for Many Qualifying Disabilities
The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes the Blue Book, a listing of qualifying impairments and the criteria you must meet for each of them. You can review your diagnosis or impairing condition to see the criteria you must meet and get an idea of the medical evidence necessary to prove your claim.
You do not have to provide this evidence yourself. Instead, you will include contact information for your doctors and other healthcare providers. The disability examiner who reviews your claim will request your relevant medical records from them.
Depending on your condition, this could include:
- X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and other medical imaging
- Clinical notes, including about your treatments and the outcome
- Results from lab testing
- Information about your prognosis
- Surgical notes, if you had any related procedures
- Other information about the severity of your condition
Once your doctors forward the requested medical evidence, the disability examiner will see if you meet all the necessary conditions under any heading in the Blue Book to determine if you meet the medical requirements for SSD.
You Can Get Benefits Without Meeting a Blue Book Listing
If you do not meet the qualifications under any Blue Book listing, you can still get disability benefits based on an evaluation of your residual functional capacity (RFC). The disability examiner handling your file often conducts the RFC evaluation based on your medical records. They may also ask your doctor to complete the evaluation form, or ask you to go in for a consultative exam with a doctor they pay.
To get disability based on your RFC, it will need to show you cannot work any job you might qualify for.
One advantage you may have during an RFC evaluation that you do not have when looking purely at the Blue Book is that it takes into consideration the full impact of all your medical conditions, side effects of medications, and chronic pain.
Berger and Green Can Help You Understand Your Qualifications and Apply for Disability in Ohio
If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Ohio, the Ohio disability attorneys from Berger and Green can help. We can help you:
- Understand your qualifications for SSDI or SSI
- Explain the qualifications you need to meet and the application process
- Get the contact information for your health care providers
- Double-check your application
- Locate your closest Social Security Administration field office
- Help you apply for disability
After you submit your claim, it will undergo a check to ensure you meet the technical qualifications for either SSDI or SSI at the local field office before they forward your file on to the Ohio Division of Disability Determination. There, they will request your medical evidence from your doctor.
At any point in this process, SSA could reach out to you and request more information. If this happens in your case, our team will help you navigate any additional steps to ensure the Social Security Administration gets all the evidence they need to process and approve your file.
Unfortunately, the SSA denies most initial claims for disability. If you receive an SSD denial, our team is here to fight for the benefits you deserve. We can manage your appeal and help you handle each step as it becomes necessary.
Talk to an Ohio Disability Lawyer About Qualifying for SSD
At Berger and Green, we are here to help you understand, apply, and fight for the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. We know how to determine whether SSDI or SSI is the right program for you and whether your medical condition may qualify you for social security benefits.
If you already applied and received a denial for your claim, we can still help you. Call us as soon as you get the notice of denial or we may run out of time to request reconsideration on your behalf. If necessary, we will represent you during an appeal hearing and present the strongest case we can for approval.
Call or text 412-661-1400 today to get started with a free case review.