Applying for Social Security Disability? Claim Already Denied?
If you cannot work because of a physical or mental impairment, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. While you can file the initial claim yourself, there are many reasons to consult an attorney to improve your odds and protect your rights.
The experienced and compassionate lawyers of Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC, are here to assist at any stage. We are here to help you prepare and submit the initial application. We are here to advocate for you if your claim is denied at any stage of the disability claims process.
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You can apply for Social Security Disability at any Social Security office. You can also apply for benefits by telephone (1-800-772-1213) or online at www.ssa.gov/disability. During the application process, you will need to provide detailed information about your medical providers, prescription medications, work history and your general performance at those jobs.
- We encourage you to contact us before you submit the initial claim. We will (a) help you fill out the complicated forms correctly, (b) help you avoid any errors that might delay or hurt your case and (c) be familiar with your claim if it is denied. (About three-fourths of all initial disability applications are initially denied, even with legal representation.)
- We encourage you contact us if you have been turned down. Our lawyers have a high rate of success in all phases of claims and appeals, especially ALJ administrative hearings.
Why do claims get denied? For starters, the Social Security Administration denies many initial claims. As many as one-third of those claimants will simply give up. Claimants not represented by attorneys are more likely to be rejected. Many claims are denied because they are incomplete or incorrect. Many claimants miss the deadlines for appeals or fail to obtain required exams.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI or SSI)
To apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, you must:
(1) Suffer from a qualifying physical or mental impairment recognized by Social Security
(2) Have been out of work for a year or anticipate being disabled for 12 months or more
If you do not have enough work credits in recent years, you may have to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) instead.
Our lawyers will help determine if you have a valid claim and whether we can help. We will walk you through the claims and appeals process, such as what to expect once you get an administrative hearing.
You do not have to worry about obtaining copies of your medical records. Those will be forwarded to the Social Security Administration. The best thing you can do to help your case is to continue seeing your doctors on a regular basis and following up with treatment.
The SSA may require that you get a consultative exam from a specialist or physician other than your regular treating doctor. If the SSA requires this, you must go, but you can take someone with you.
How Long Does It Take to Get SSDI?
It will typically take three to four months for the SSA to review your initial application. If you are denied on the first application (most people are), you have 60 days to appeal. Reconsideration of your application takes another several months. If you are rejected again (most people are), you have 60 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. This is your best opportunity for success, statistically speaking. However, it typically takes 16 to 24 months in Ohio to get a hearing. There is little your attorney can do to speed up the process; we can only apply our knowledge and skills to prepare you and give you the best chance of winning benefits.
Ohio Disability Application Process Attorneys
Applying for SSD benefits can be frustrating. The disability lawyers of Hoglund Law provide focused knowledge and compassionate, personalized attention for every stage of your case. Call us day or night at 855-513-4844 (toll free) or contact us to arrange a free consultation. We have a convenient office near you and we can make home visits.
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