If a permanent or long-term health concern prevents you from earning a living in Pickerington, Ohio, you may qualify for monthly income benefits through a Social Security Administration disability program. Social Security Disability (SSD) may be the answer if you cannot work because of a serious, debilitating illness or injury.
The team from Berger and Green can help you evaluate your qualifications, prepare and file a claim for benefits, or appeal a Pickerington SSD denial with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Call us today at (412) 661-1400 for a free, no-obligation review of your case.
Social Security Has Two Types of Disability Compensation
The Social Security Administration offers two types of benefits for those who cannot work because of their physical or mental condition. This includes:
- Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), for workers who can no longer work their job but have a long enough employment history to have the required work credits
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI), for those who may not have the required work credits necessary for SSDI but have an extremely low income and assets
In addition to the work credit requirement, the primary difference between these programs is the income limit. SSI has strict limits on your income and assets, and almost all types of income are countable income.
SSDI, meanwhile, only looks at the income you are earning from a job or as an independent contractor. As long as your earned income remains below the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit, they do not consider any other type of income to determine if you qualify. This means you could have significant income from investments and still get approved for benefits.
Berger and Green Can Help You File a Pickerington SSD Claim
The team from Berger and Green can help you with your Social Security Disability case — either SSDI or SSI — in Pickerington, Fairfield or Franklin County, or elsewhere in central Ohio. As a part of helping you get the benefits you deserve, you can count on us to:
- Explain the SSD programs and help you decide which is right for you
- Help you understand the steps of the claims process
- Double-check your application
- Help you file your claim and provide any additional information requested by your local Social Security field office
If your disabling impairment occurred as a result of an accident, we can also review that case and determine if you can pursue additional income by filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. One of our attorneys, Laurence B. Green, has spent the last 40 years representing the victims of negligence accidents in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Let us look into your case. Call (412) 661-1400 today to learn more.
You Will Need to Prove You Have a Qualifying Impairment to Get SSD Benefits
The most difficult part of the process, and the reason for the high denial rate, is proving your disability qualifies you for SSDI or SSI benefits. The Social Security Administration requires a wealth of medical evidence to confirm your diagnosis and prove your impairment is serious enough to prevent you from getting, working, and keeping a job.
The agency publishes a book of qualifying impairments and the criteria you must meet based on them, called the Blue Book. This book lists the medical evidence you will need to have in your medical records to qualify based on your diagnosis. When you apply, they will ask for contact information for all your health care providers so they can request the necessary information.
You Can Still Qualify Without Meeting Blue Book Criteria
If the blue book listings do not include your impairment, if your condition is not as serious as the listing requires, or if your disability stems from a combination of conditions, you will likely need to qualify based on your residual functional capacity (RFC) instead.
An RFC is an evaluation of your ability to work. If they determine you cannot work your previous job or another job you might qualify for, you should receive approval.
As a part of the RFC process, they may ask your doctor to evaluate your abilities or ask you to attend a consultative examination with a doctor they select. This is a key part of getting approval, and you should follow their instructions.
Berger and Green Can File an SSD Appeal on Your Behalf
More than half of all SSD claimants receive a denial, although many later get approved for benefits through the appeals process. This process includes:
- Administrative Law Judge hearing
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Lawsuit in U.S. District Court
A Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Pickerington, OH can help you navigate this process, going level by level until we get you approved for the benefits you deserve. Contact us right away after you receive a denial notice, and we can request reconsideration on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so.
If you already went through reconsideration and they denied your claim again, we can request an appeal hearing and represent you to the Administrative Law Judge. During this step, we can often get our well-qualified clients approved for benefits. If necessary, we can also request a review by the Appeals Council or file a lawsuit in Federal Court on your behalf.
Let us fight for the disability benefits you need and deserve. Call us today at
(412) 661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.
Talk to a Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyer in Pickerington, OH Today
If you cannot work because of an impairment that will likely last a year or more, you may be able to get monthly benefits through the Social Security Administration’s disability programs. The team from Berger and Green is here to help you file your claim or challenge a denial of your application for SSD benefits.
Call (412) 661-1400 today for a complimentary case evaluation with a member of our team. A Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Pickerington, OH can help you prepare your claim or file your appeal at no out-of-pocket cost to you.