If you can no longer work your job due to a permanent impairment or disability that will likely last a year or more, you may be able to file a claim and receive benefits through the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability (SSD) includes the monthly income for disabled people under retirement age.
If you live in Powell, OH, elsewhere in Delaware County, or the greater Columbus area, a Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Powell, OH from Berger and Green can help you prepare and file your claim or challenge a denial of benefits. Call (412) 661-1400 today for a complimentary case review with a member of our team.
Understanding Social Security Programs
Social Security has two separate programs that provide income for people who cannot work because of their disabilities. While it is technically possible to qualify for both programs, most people do not. Instead, they only meet the qualifications for one program or make too much income from one to qualify for the other.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI requires a recent work history and enough work credits recognized by the Social Security Administration to qualify. There is no overall income limit for this program. They look only at your earned income to ensure you do not make enough from working to exceed the current substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI does not require you to earn work credits, making it a better option for those who have not worked recently or who have lifelong impairments. However, this program does have asset and income limits, and almost all types of income are countable under the program’s rules.
Your Impairment Must Be Severe Enough to Prevent You from Working Any Job You Could Get
To receive approval for either disability program, you will need to prove you cannot work because of your injury, illness, or another medical condition. This requires having the right medical evidence in your medical records to meet the Social Security Administration’s strict requirements.
When you file your claim for SSDI or SSI, you will need to provide contact information for all your physicians and other medical care professionals. The disability examiner who handles your file will reach out to them to obtain the necessary evidence to prove your impairment. With this information in hand, they have two ways of evaluating your condition:
- Determining if you meet the criteria for a qualifying impairment based on the applicable Blue Book listing
- Evaluating your residual functional capacity (RFC) to determine if your overall health would allow you to work, and keep a job
In some cases, they may ask you to see a doctor they chose for a consultative examination. This is a part of the RFC evaluation process, and they could deny your claim if you do not go.
Our Team Can Help You File Your Powell, OH SSD Claim
A Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Powell, OH from Berger and Green will help you prepare and file your claim for SSDI or SSI. The process begins with a free consultation when we can review your case, learn more about your impairment, and help you understand which program best fits your needs. Then, we can explain the process to you and walk you through it.
We will double-check your paperwork and even help you file it with the Social Security field office closest to your home.
Unfortunately, denials are common with initial SSD applications, even when you are careful to do everything correctly. The Social Security Administration denies more than half of all applicants. If this happens to you, we will handle your appeal and challenge their denial of your disability benefits.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 to get started.
Berger and Green Can Represent You During Your SSD Appeal
Berger and Green attorneys know how to navigate the appeals process and will fight for the benefits our clients need and deserve. There are four levels to the SSD appeals process. We usually do not need to go through all four of them to get well-qualified client approval for their benefits.
The process could include:
- An appeal hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge
- A review by the Appeals Council
- Filing a lawsuit with the District Court for Southern Ohio
You can request reconsideration on your own or reach out to us as soon as possible, and we can request reconsideration on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so. They will take another look at the file you submitted and the evidence they have. Often, they come to the same conclusion, although approval is possible.
Once reconsideration is complete, we will request a hearing so we can present your case to an Administrative Law Judge. We will represent you during this hearing and present a strong case showing you deserve SSD benefits. We can often get clients approved during this hearing, as well as recover back pay for the time they spent waiting on approval.
If the Administrative Law Judge does not approve your claim, we can take the next steps to go in front of the Appeals Council or file a lawsuit.
Talk to a Social Security Disability Attorney in Powell, Ohio
If your health prevents you from working and earning a living, you qualify for benefits through Social Security Disability. A Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer in Powell, OH from Berger and Green can help you understand your options and file a claim for the program that best fits your qualifications.
If you already applied for disability and the Social Security Administration denied your initial claim, we can help you file an appeal and fight for the benefits you deserve. Call (412) 661-1400 today to learn more.
We may also be able to pursue additional compensation on your behalf if you suffered injuries in an accident, and this led to your disability. Our team has more than four decades of experience protecting the rights of victims of personal injury accidents.