Your Social Security Disability and Auto Accidents Lawyer in Columbus, OH
The Social Security disability process is designed to make you fail or give up. One-third of all disability claims are not appealed to be heard by a Federal Administrative Law Judge. The SSA counts on you missing strict filing deadlines, exams, and submitted documents. They would be happy with any excuse they can find to deny your claim. I have 32 years of experience helping the disabled. I care about you and your claim.
The most efficient way to apply is directly at a Social Security Field Office. Social Security Administration (SSA) staff are trained to help individuals complete and submit applications. Staff will ask questions, complete the necessary applications, and file them. Field Office locations can be found on the SSA website.
While it is possible to apply for Social Security Disability online at the Social Security Administration website, you are better off hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer. The online applications are difficult and confusing and should be avoided.
We will help you file your application.
For claimants without transportation or unable to travel due to illness or disability, it is also possible to apply via telephone. This process is similar to an in-office application at a Field Office. Telephone 800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment
What to do if you are denied a Social Security disability claim
Don’t be disappointed if your initial application is denied. More than 70% of all initial applications are denied! Often even serious terminal illness cases are denied. The next step and the only step after denial is to appeal the decision. Appeal of a Social Security denial requires the expert counsel of and attorney like Daniel Allen – who will prosecute your case before a Social Security judge.
Social Security Disability claimants have a higher rate of success than those without attorneys.
We will gather medical and vocational evidence, including contacting your physicians to answer specific questions that are required to demonstrate disability. We will prepare evidence and testimony for a hearing before an Administrative Law judge and represent you in court.
Attorney fees – No fee unless we get money for you!
Attorney fees are contingent; if benefits are not won, no fee is due. Fees are paid based on the value of 25% of past due benefits or a maximum of $6,000, whichever is less. All attorney fee arrangements must be set forth clearly in the fee agreement with your attorney and are always subject to strict approval by the Administrative Law judge.
Eligibility for Social Security Disability
To be eligible for Social Security Disability a claimant must be unable to do any kind of substantial gainful employment. Most often, an individual must be unable to work for more than one year to be eligible. However, there are exceptions due to the nature of the disability. Many disabilities are “listed” as presumed disability and can make winning your case more likely. In either case, the fact of disability must be proven by competent and substantial medical evidence. Medical evidence consists mostly of the reports, office notes, and testing performed by your medical providers.
Benefits You Can Receive
The monthly Social Security Disability benefit you may receive depends on the dollar amount of Social Security tax (payroll tax) you have paid during your working life. Generally, the amount is like that of Social Security retirement benefits. Retroactive benefits can be payable to the “onset date” of your disability. Claimants who were disabled as minors can be eligible under a special program to receive benefits based on earnings of a parent.