When you are disabled and unable to work, you should have access to Social Security benefits. Social Security provides several types of benefits to individuals who are physically and/or mentally unable to work and are in need of income, including Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI). While benefits are technically available, obtaining them can be a difficult process. We understand the financial and emotional stress a temporary or permanent disability can cause you and your family. We have decades of experience helping the injured people of Ohio get the Social Security benefits they deserve.
Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits
If you are under the age of 65 and it appears that you will not be able to work for a year or more because of a mental or physical disability, then you may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In order to be eligible for SSD, you must meet requirements based on your work history and earnings. You must prove that you were employed for a certain amount of time (which varies depending on your age) prior to the onset of your disability. Your disability must be long-term and total – individuals with partial and short-term disabilities do not qualify for SSD benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
If you are 65 years or younger, legally blind or disabled, and you have low income, you may be entitled to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI benefits are meant to ensure that you can afford basic living necessities. To qualify for SSI, you must meet requirements based on your disability, income, and assets.
Appealing Denied Benefits
If you have already applied for disability benefits and have been denied, you must file an appeal within 60 days from the date your SSI or SSD claim was denied. If you do not file an appeal within those 60 days, you will have to file a new application which could cost you back benefits. Claims are often denied due to small technical errors. We’ll review your application and denial to find any errors and ensure that you prove your eligibility for the program.
No Money Out-of-Pocket
Attorneys at DGM&S handle Social Security benefits cases on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if we win your case and you never have to pay a fee out-of-pocket. Please contact Dyer Garofalo Mann & Schultz to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced social security lawyers.