How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

When should you get a disability lawyer in Ohio?

You can get a disability lawyer in Ohio to represent your claim and assist you at any time you choose. Representation can be obtained after you have submitted your initial claim, or after you have been denied on your claim. Many individuals wait until their claim has been turned down before seeking representation.

However, many individuals can and do benefit from obtaining representation at earlier points. In certain instances, competent and qualified representatives can look for flaws in the decision-making process utilized by the social security administration and, in doing so, win a claimant's case at the reconsideration appeal level (the first appeal step in the Social Security Disability and SSI system).

Proactive disability lawyers and non-attorney representatives can also be successful in winning claims at the application level and many would argue that early representation on a case helps to eliminate disadvantages that build up in the case as a result of the claimant's unfamiliarity with the nature of the Social Security system.

When a case is won at the disability application or reconsideration appeal in Ohio, the claimant avoids having to request a hearing before an administrative law judge...but, most importantly, they avoid having to wait for a hearing to be scheduled.

Hearing dates can often take more than two years to get due to backlogs in the system. During this lengthy waiting period, many claimants undergo extreme financial duress, with a percentage of them sliding into bankruptcy and home foreclosure.

Not all cases can be won at the reconsideration appeal level, however, even when the claimant's representative is making a concerted effort to do so. Statistically, an even greater number of cases in Ohio are denied at the reconsideration appeal level (89 percent) than at the intitial claim, or disability application, level (72 percent).

Are there other advantages to getting early representation on a disability claim? As a disability examiner working on cases, it was impossible not to notice that claimants with representation did not typically miss appeal deadlines, nor did they fail to comply with requests for information from the social security adminstration.

This was most likely due to the fact that disability lawyers receive copies of every piece of correspondence that their clients receive and, subsequently, then send reminder notices to their clients of A) questionaires that need to be completed and returned and B) appointments that need to be kept (such as for consultative medical examinations).

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Ohio?
File for disability in Ohio
Getting a disability lawyer in Ohio
How many disability cases are denied in Ohio?
Submitting a Social Security Disability Appeal in Ohio
When should you get a disability lawyer in Ohio?
How do you appeal your disability denial in Ohio?
Can a disability judge make a decision without a hearing?

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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