Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) Claims in Ohio
Social Security Disability Claims (419) 525-1984
At Donaldson and Dunkle Law Offices, our Mansfield Social Security disability attorneys have decades of experience helping people get the compensation they deserve. To discuss your claim at a free initial consultation, please contact our office online or call (419) 525-1984.
Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income(SSI) Benefits
Regardless of how severely you have been hurt or how serious your medical condition is, the Social Security Administration can at times be quite unforgiving. As a government agency, they do not allow sympathy for your condition to affect their determination. Many people are denied benefits simply because they have not adequately provided evidence of the severity of their condition. The attorneys at Donaldson and Dunkle Law Offices have access to case law and forms for your doctors to fill out that can assist the Judge in your case with finding in your favor.
It is therefore very important that they are provided with the documentation that will allow them to give you the benefits you deserve. There are many reasons that claims can be denied. In order to qualify for benefits, the following must be demonstrated, at a minimum:
- You must have suffered an injury or illness that has or will completely prevent you from working for 12 months or more.
- You must be at least 18 years old to qualify for SSD benefits. (SSI benefits are sometimes available for minor children)
- You must have had enough “credits” to qualify for Social Security Disability and must show you were disabled within a five year period after you last worked in order to obtain SSD benefits.
- You must be a United States resident.
SSI benefits might be available for people who have not worked long enough to qualify for SSD. SSI is also available for those individuals who have not worked for a substantial period of time and who cannot otherwise demonstrate they were disabled within the five-year period after they last worked, i.e., the individual cannot demonstrate disability before his or her “date last insured“.
You do not have to wait until you have been out of work for a full year to file for benefits. We can help you with the important (and sometimes overwhelming) task of collecting medical records and presenting your information properly. If you have been denied benefits at any level, or if you believe you should file, please contact our office online or call (419) 525-1984.