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Ohio Disability & Social Security FAQs
Educating our clients is one way that Liner Legal makes the legal process less intimidating. We do believe that knowledge is power, and therefore, we want to share FAQs with you to explain the process and what you can expect along the way. Of course, we are always available to answer any questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help with FAQs for disability cases in Ohio.
Ohio Social Security and Disability Frequently Asked Questions
- See Below for General Questions
- Click Here for Questions About the Hearing Process
- Click Here for Questions About Benefits and Money
- Click Here for Questions About Family Benefits
- Click Here for Questions About Workers’ Compensation & State Disability Benefits
- Click Here for Questions About Medical Evidence
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General Disability Questions
What are Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit’s eligibility requirements?
How is Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) different?
What qualifies as a “resource” for SSI benefits?
If you live in your home, the value of that home does not go toward countable resources. Also, any private assets with a value of $1,500 or less do not qualify.
An attorney from Liner Legal can help you determine which resources qualify under the countable resource rule, and which you might exclude.
When should I submit my application for SSI or SSD?
To streamline the process, gather all medical records and supporting documentation so that you can submit your application and have it processed quickly – which will reduce the financial impact the application process has on your lifestyle.
Also, write down a list of any jobs you have held over the past 15 years so that the SSA can verify your eligibility.
Can I receive retroactive disability benefits from the SSA?
My SSD application was denied. When is the deadline for my appeal?
How many steps are there in the disability application process?
First is the application stage. After that, you have 60 days to appeal from your first denial. You should receive the denial at your application.
Next you enter the Reconsideration stage. From here you have 60 days to appeal again.
The third stage is the most critical, because it is the hearing stage. During your hearing you meet with an Administrative Law Judge. If the judge denies your appeal, you have 60 days to file your final appeal with the Appeals Council.
If you lose at the appeal court phase, you still have the right to file an appeal in federal court. However, at this point it is unlikely you will succeed without an attorney’s assistance.
How long does an initial decision take after I submit an application?
What is a “strong” case for disability benefits?
Does my age affect my disability benefits?
At age 50, you must prove that you cannot do your past work or work in a position that requires more than sedentary activity. Once you reach 55 years, you must only prove you cannot perform light work, which means being unable to lift more than 10 to 20 pounds.
What disabilities are easier to receive benefits for?
Certain disabilities qualify easily for benefits compared to others. For example, if you are legally blind you are automatically deemed “disabled;” therefore, your case would be simple. Also, certain illnesses can qualify you for disability benefits faster, like being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Alternatively, if you have a psychiatric condition, it is more complicated to qualify for benefits, or if you have a condition like chronic fatigue. These conditions are difficult to prove, because they do not have blood tests or definitive laboratory results to establish the illness.
Regardless, the team at Liner Legal, LLC will help you with whatever illness or injury you suffer. We know how the SSA scrutinizes, and we can aggressively fight for your right to benefits.
After two denials I must request a hearing. How long does it take to get a hearing date?
Can you expedite a hearing date?
Not all judges grant these letters; therefore, sometimes you must just wait for a hearing date.
At what stage should I hire an attorney for my disability benefits?
Not all law firms in Ohio will work with you during that initial stage – and some will not represent your claim until you have had two denials. Liner Legal, LLC takes your case from the start, and we have taken our clients all the way to federal court.
How do I pay for a social security disability attorney?
Does an attorney increase my chances more than being unrepresented?
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