Social Security

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Social Security Disability

There are many people throughout Ohio that have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) and been denied. The Social Security Disability system was created to provide for those that are unable to work and need money to live. Unfortunately, most people are forced to apply several times and are still denied.

Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty Can Help You

The attorneys at Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty understand the appeal process and the typical reasons why applications are denied. Our only goal is to help you and provide guidance in your effort to get approved for Social Security Disability (SSD). Contact us and let our experienced attorneys help you though this lengthy and frustrating process.

Eligibility

Social Security only pays for total disability and total disability is determined by one’s ability to work. People must prove that they cannot do the same work they did before and that they are unable to adjust to another form of work. A disability must also last for one year or result in death. Short-term disabilities will not qualify.

Social Security Will Ask the Following;

  • Are you working? – If you gross more than $900 a month your application will most likely be denied. If you are not working you must answer the next question…
  • Is your condition “severe”? – Severe means that your medical condition must interfere with basic work-related activities for your claim to even be considered. If the answer to this question is yes they ask you to answer the next question…
  • Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions? If it is you can move on to the next question. The following links are to each of Social Security’s adult list of medical conditions or impairments. There is also a List of Impairments for Children.
    1. Musculoskeletal System
    2. Special Senses and Speech
    3. Respiratory System
    4. Cardiovascular System
    5. Digestive System
    6. Genitourinary System
    7. Hematological Disorders
    8. Skin Disorders
    9. Endocrine System
    10. Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
    11. Neurological
    12. Mental Disorders
    13. Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
    14. Immune System
  • Can you do the work you did previously? This is where things can get confusing. Social Security has to decide if your medical condition is severe enough to interfere with the work you did previously. They state that if your condition is “not the same or equal to the level of severity as a medical condition” on their impairment list they will determine if you are capable of doing the work. If they feel like you are capable they will deny the appeal. The Hensley Legal Group can help you with your Social Security appeal.
  • Can you do any other type of work? If your answer to the previous question was “No” Social Security will review your medical condition, age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills you have and decide if they feel you could adjust to another line of work. Unfortunately, many applications are denied. One of our experienced attorneys can help you increase chances of being approved by helping you file an appeal.

 

We Can Help You with Social Security Disability

Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty is dedicated to helping those that need Social Security Disability (SSD). We have extensive experience helping clients through the appeal process and fighting for the rights of those that have been denied. Some people are denied SSD due to a small oversight or not clearly depicting the severity of their medical condition. Contact Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty. We can help.

We have created a Frequently Asked Social Security Questions information section (below) in an effort to help people understand Social Security and the application process.

Social Security Informational Links and Resources

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Frequently asked Social Security Questions

How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?
There are several ways to start an application for disability benefits. You may go to your nearest Social Security office to apply in person, you may contact your Social Security office to schedule a telephone interview, or you may visit Social Security’s website at www.ssa.gov and apply online.

How does Social Security determine if I am disabled?
Social Security will gather your medical records and carefully consider all of your health problems, as well as your age, education, and work experience. In general, Social Security is to decide whether you are able to do your past work. If they decide you are unable to perform your past work, they must consider whether there is any other work you are able to do. When a decision is made, you should receive a letter letting you know if your claim has been approved or denied.

How long do I have to wait after becoming disabled before I can file for Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can file for Social Security disability benefits on the very same day that you become disabled. There is no reason to file a Social Security disability claim if one has only a minor illness or one which is unlikely to last a year or more. However, an individual who suffers serious illness or injury an expects to be out of work for a year or more should not delay in filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits.

How long does it take to get a hearing on a Social Security disability claim?

Wait times for a hearing to be scheduled vary depending on what part of the country in which you live. For most cases in the Indianapolis hearings office, the wait time from the date you request your hearing until that hearing takes place is often over a year long. This is due to the large number of claims the hearings office is processing, which has created a large backlog.

What is the hearing like?
The hearings are fairly informal. The only people likely to be there include the Administrative Law Judge, a hearing assistant, who will record the hearing, you, and your attorney. The Judge may ask a medical doctor or vocational expert to testify at the hearing.

If I am approved for Social Security disability benefits, how much will I get?
Disability insurance benefits depends on how much you have worked and earned in the past. For SSI benefits, there is a base amount that an individual with no other income receives. Other income that an individual receives will reduce the amount of SSI that person can receive.

If I hire Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty to represent me, how will my attorney get paid?
We will collect an attorney fee only if we are successful with your case. Usually the amount of the attorney fee is one-quarter (25%) of your past-due benefit amount. The Social Security Administration regulates the amount of fees an attorney can charge.

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You might be entitled to Social Security Disability… even if you have already been denied! Our experienced Ohio Social Security Disability attorney may be able to help!

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Hensley Legal Group, PC, Indiana Affiliated as ‘of counsel’ Co-counsel on Social Security Matters