Lawyers Who Will Focus on Your SSDI Claim - Ohio, northeast Kentucky, and southeast Indiana
If you worked in the past, but then became disabled —and serious physical or mental problems are now making it impossible for you to continue working — one potential source of future income and medical care is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Our decades of legal experience with Social Security Disability Insurance claims enables us to ask the right questions and determine whether your claim is worth pursuing. We encourage you to contact us as early in the process as possible. Most often we get involved after a valid claim has been denied and an appeal is necessary, but we're glad to start on your case at any time.
Understanding Eligibility for SSDI Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal government program that can be described as "pay to play." People without a recent work history and little or no income or savings may qualify for benefits under SSI, but Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are available only to those who have worked and paid into the system. It is important to understand that:
- Social Security Disability Insurance benefits cover only "total disability" — not partial or short-term disability like some private insurance plans.
- In the government agency's view, usually you must be unable to perform any type of work, and your condition or diagnosis must be a qualifying impairment lasting or expected to last at least one year or expected to be fatal.
- Eligible disabilities include physical injuries, diseases and serious mental conditions with symptoms that may be "hidden" such as with chronic pain and fatigue.
- If benefits are granted, the amount of your monthly checks will likely depend on how long and how consistently you worked as well as how much you earned.
- Over-age-50 claims by people with solid work histories have a high rate of success on appeal, and benefits can be substantial. Nonetheless, most of our clients are under 50, and we have won thousands of claims for individuals under age 50.
Representing People in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana
The great majority of initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. If this has happened to you, you are one of millions nationwide. Do not lose hope, however.
We know that most people we serve would rather be working than collecting government benefits. Further, a person's disability may well be harming their social connections, family relationships and mental outlook as well as income. For a free consultation with a lawyer who will treat you with respect and compassion, contact us today.