Experienced Representation for Your Disability Claim
Social Security provides three main types of benefits: retirement, survivors and disability. While the first two types are fairly straightforward and automatic, qualifying for Social Security Disability can be a long and complicated ordeal.
The law firm of Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC, provides the knowledge, compassion and commitment to take your claim through this challenging process to get the benefits you need. We invite you to a free consultation with one of our attorneys who practices exclusively in disability claims.
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The attorneys and staff of Hoglund Law have prevailed in all types of disability cases at all stages of the claims and appeals process. Call day or night at 855-513-4844.
Social Security Disability Law
If you have been unable to sustain gainful employment for 12 months because of a qualifying impairment (medical, physical or mental), or if you expect your disabilities to keep you out of work for at least 12 months, Social Security Disability provides income to replace your wages.
Social Security Disability is provided through the federal Social Security Administration (SSA). Disability benefits include cash payments (successful claimants usually qualify for retroactive benefits), as well as Medicare coverage after two years of disability.
Our clients receive Social Security benefits in several ways:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides cash benefits to workers based on how much they paid into Social Security through payroll deductions. Workers age 50 and older get special consideration regarding employable skills.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a fixed benefit to individuals who have never worked or have too few work credits because of their disability.
- Disabled widows/widowers may receive survivor benefits under their deceased spouse’s earnings, starting at age 50. Nondisabled widows, widowers and divorced spouses can also receive survivor benefits at any age if they are caring for a dependent child of the deceased.
- Adult disabled children may receive benefits under the parent’s earnings if they became disabled before age 22.
- Children may qualify for dependent benefits, survivor benefits or their own disability benefits.
Ohio Disability Claims Lawyers: Defining and Proving Impairment
When deciding on a disability claim, the government considers both legal and medical issues. The government considers you disabled only if you are not able to work in your current or most recent job or if you lack the education, experience or capacity to do any job. The SSA uses certain regulations and rules to determine whether a person is medically disabled. These are called the Listing of Impairments, and they include acquired diseases, hereditary conditions, accident injuries, mental illness and many other disabling conditions.
The Administration uses the same criteria for impairment under SSDI and SSI, but applies separate eligibility requirements. Essentially, SSI provides subsistence benefits to people with limited assets and little or no work history while SSDI and survivor/dependent benefits are based on Social Security work credits.
The disability claims process can be agonizingly slow and legally and technically complex. You have the burden of proving that you are disabled and that you cannot return to your job or find and sustain alternative work. You are not required to hire an attorney, but claimants who are represented by legal counsel have a significantly higher rate of approval. See Why You Need an Attorney.
About three out of four claimants are denied on their initial application for disability benefits. We can help you prepare your application to maximize your chances of success, and we can help amend your application and submit it for administrative Reconsideration if you are rejected.
The majority of people who do qualify for Social Security Disability do not succeed until the administrative disability hearing. This is where our lawyers shine. We work hard behind the scenes to make sure that your files are up to date and complete. Our lawyers will thoroughly prepare you for your hearing before the judge and for cross-examination by the SSA’s medical and vocational experts.
Experienced and Compassionate Ohio Social Security Lawyers
You can call us day or night at 855-513-4844 (toll free) or contact us to arrange a free consultation with one of our disability lawyers. We have a convenient office near you and we make home visits within 50 miles of major metropolitan areas.
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