At Berger and Green, we understand how frustrating it can be to have a long-term or permanent disability preventing you from working your Gahanna, OH, job. We know financial stress can make living with your medical condition or impairment even harder. We help individuals like you fight for the monthly compensation you need from the Social Security Administration.
A Gahanna Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer from Berger and Green can explain your options for Social Security Disability (SSD), help you apply for benefits, or fight a denial of your initial claim. Call (412) 661-1400 for a free review of your case and to discuss how to get started with a member of our team.
There Are Two Social Security Programs to Provide Monthly Income
Social Security has two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. If you have a long-term or permanent impairment that prevents you from working, you may qualify for one of these programs.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI provides monthly income benefits for workers who cannot work anymore because of an illness or injury. If you have a history of working part-time or full-time for several years–and you worked recently–you will likely qualify for this program as long as you can prove you have a qualifying condition. This program only considers your earned income from working, so you could have other types of income and still qualify.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI provides supplemental income to those who need it most. There is no need to have a verifiable work history for this program, making it a good option for those with lifelong impairments. To qualify, you will need to meet strict income and asset limits that consider almost all types of income.
If you qualify for either of these programs, there may also be additional benefits available to you. For example, the Social Security Administration offers assistance for people with disabilities who want to return to work. If you qualify for either Social Security program and are between the ages of 18 and 64, you likely qualify for this program as well.
Proving a Qualifying Medical Condition for SSD
Both SSD programs require you to prove you have a permanent or long-term health condition–an illness or injury–that prevents you from working and earning a living. This is often the most difficult part of the process. There are generally two ways you can prove you have a qualifying impairment:
- Meeting the criteria listed for your medical condition in the Blue Book
- Proving you cannot work based on your residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment
The Social Security Administration requires you to have medical evidence to prove your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. The type of evidence needed may vary depending on your medical impairment, but could include:
- X-rays, scans, or other types of medical imaging
- Laboratory test results
- Clinical findings
- Notes from your doctor about treatments and outcomes
- Surgical notes
If your condition is in the Blue Book, it will list the type of medical evidence necessary to prove your disability. However, if you do not meet the criteria, you may still qualify based on a residual functional capacity RFC assessment.
To get your RFC, the disability examiner who handles your claim has three options. They can:
- Assess your ability to work based on the medical evidence in your file and your application
- Ask your doctor to assess your ability to work and keep a job
- Ask you to attend a consultative examination scheduled and paid by the Social Security Administration
If any of these methods find that you likely cannot regularly work a job and earn a living or prevent you from keeping a job because of your impairments or other related factors, you may qualify for disability benefits.
Berger and Green Can Help You Apply for SSD Benefits
If you cannot work your job in Gahanna, elsewhere in Franklin County, Ohio, or in the greater Columbus area, the attorneys from Berger and Green can help. Let us review your case and explain your options today.
We can help you understand the qualifications and application process. We will even double-check your claim before working with the local Social Security field office to file your application. We will guide you through the entire process and fight for the benefits you deserve if an appeal becomes necessary.
If you suffer from disabilities because of injuries from an Ohio personal injury accident, we may also be able to help you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. One of our founders, Laurence B. Green, has helped clients recover compensation for over 40 years as a personal injury attorney.
Call (412) 661-1400 today to learn more about how we can help you and your family.
Our Attorneys Can Appeal an SSD Benefits Denial
If the Social Security Administration denies your claim for SSD benefits, your Gahanna Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer can help you navigate the appeal process. Call us as soon as you get a notice of your denial, and we can go to work for you. This includes:
- Requesting reconsideration, if there is sufficient time to do so
- Filing for an appeal hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, if necessary
- Building a strong case to support granting your SSD benefits
- Representing you during the appeal hearing
- Requesting a review by the Appeals Council or filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, if necessary, to get you your benefits
As a part of fighting for your SSD benefits, our attorneys will also seek the full retroactive pay and back pay available based on your case. Call (412) 661-1400 to discuss your options for appealing a denial today.
Talk to a Gahanna, OH, Social Security Disability Attorney
If you cannot work because of a permanent or long-term medical condition, you may qualify for SSD. Let a Gahanna Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer from Berger and Green review your case for free. We can help you file your claim or appeal a denial. Call (412) 661-1400 today to learn more.