Social Security Disability Lawyers Serving Columbus and Throughout Ohio
When a workplace injury has resulted in a permanent disability that prevents the employee from working, the social security disability lawyers at Weller | Steele |Miller LLC help the injured worker to secure Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to compensate for the lost earnings caused by the on-the-job injury. Our disability lawyers work throughout the State of Ohio and also assist injured workers in West Virginia, northern Kentucky, and Pennsylvania in their dealings with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Social Security for Permanent Disability
Workers’ Compensation is designed to cover medical and rehabilitation expenses and further compensate an injured worker for wage loss, usually on a temporary basis until the employee is able to return to work. Sometimes, however, a workplace injury is so severe that the individual is unable to ever work again, or is forced to work at a significantly diminished earning capacity for the remainder of his or her life. In these cases, the employee may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as well. We help people determine their eligibility for SSD and assist them through the process of obtaining benefits.
The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) operates two disability benefits programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI provides benefits based on financial need, while SSDI is the program for people who have worked and paid into the system through the Social Security taxes routinely withheld from their paycheck.
The Long and Winding Road of Social Security Disability Claims and Appeals
In the case of either SSD or SSI, the application and review process is extremely complicated, and it can sometimes take several months before benefits are available. Moreover, the majority of applications submitted for benefits – some estimate as much as one-third of all applications – are initially denied. We work with you from the very start to maximize the chances that your application will be initially approved. If denied, we can file a request for reconsideration and immediately begin preparing for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. We will work with you so that you are prepared to testify, and we will also work with your doctors to obtain the necessary information and documentation to prove your disability before the ALJ. If necessary, we will appeal your case to the Appeals Council, or even to the United States District Court of Circuit Court of Appeals.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
Just because you may be entitled to receive government benefits does not mean that actually obtaining those benefits is easy or even guaranteed. Don’t go it alone, and don’t trust your important benefits claims to just anyone. Our lawyers have been helping injured and disabled workers obtain their benefits for decades. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you get all your benefits in the most efficient manner possible. Contact Weller | Steele | Miller LLC today for a free consultation regarding your Social Security disability claim.