Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

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Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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SSDRC Disability Blog

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).

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria