The Social Security Disability Application – Where Do I Start?
Due to the delay Ohio applicants are currently faced with regarding their claims, it makes sense to file an application as soon as possible. We have found that filing your claim online at: www.SSA.gov/applyfordisability, has proven to be the fastest method, although applying in person if you can get an appointment quickly is also effective. Although attorneys can not make an initial application for our clients, we can handle every step of the appeal process if you are denied.
Which Program Do I Apply to? – SSD or SSI
When applying, you will first need to determine if you are eligible for Social Security Disability, SSD, or Supplemental Security Income, SSI. To be eligible for SSD, you need to have paid enough taxes into the system. The chart on this page: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10029.html#part2 will give you a guide. If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, then you will need to apply for SSI.
Provide as much information as possible. You should list all of your disabilities, medical treatment history, including expected future treatment, as well all medications which you take. Additionally, you should explain how your disabilities and medication impact your work and every day life activities.
Do I Need An Ohio Social Security Attorney?
Although you do not need an attorney to file an application, of for any part of the appeal process, it would definitely be to your benefit to seek the advice of one at any time during the process. Most attorney’s will not charge for your initial consultation, and will only collect a fee if your claim is allowed. Additionally, their fess are capped at 25% of your back award, with a maximum fee of $6,000. One other thing to note, is that the applicant does not actually pay these fees. The attorney is paid directly by the Social Security Administration out of the applicants back award. For example, if your total back award was $20,000. You would receive $15,000 and the attorney would be paid $5,000.