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Social Security Disability
Short/Long Term Disability
Ohio State Disability Plans
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We assist individuals at all levels of the Social Security process including filing lawsuits in Federal Court. Although typically an individual will not need an attorney at the first level, it may be wise to consult with an attorney before filing your application. Read more.
Anyone seeking short or long term benefits should consult an attorney and then decide if representation is necessary. Our office has many years of experience with ERISA law and will be more than happy to talk to you about your claim. Read more.
Anyone applying for disability benefits in State Disability plans should consult with an attorney familiar with these plans and with the Ohio law regarding the decision making process to insure that all deadlines are met and that all evidence is submitted. Read more.
Both of our Attorneys have trial experience. If you feel you have been injured or wronged in any manner, and want to consult with one of the attorneys at our office please contact us for a free consultation to review your claim. Read more.

Social Security Disability Attorneys Serving the Greater Akron, OH Area

We look forward to serving each person that contacts us. Our intention is to listen carefully, advise fully, and assist our clients in reaching the best possible legal outcome. Read more

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Answers to Common Questions: Filing for Social Security Disability (Part 4: The Process)

October 8th, 2014

Did you know that you can file an application for disability even if you have not worked for many years?

An SSD application is based upon your work record and taxes paid.  In order to prove disability under this program, you must be disabled during a time when you are “insured” for benefits.  Sometimes the date you were last insured can be years in the past.  The SSI application is a welfare-based program administered by the Social Security Administration and does not require a work record or an “insured” status.  Even if you have not worked in many years due to an injury or illness, you can still file an application alleging your disability began years prior to the application, although one obvious difficulty in this situation is whether the medical providers still have your records. Read the rest of this entry »

Answers to Common Questions: Filing for Social Security Disability (Part 3: How do I file for disability?)

March 26th, 2013

One of the most common questions our office receives from prospective clients is “How do I start my application for disability?”

Social Security has three main ways you can file an application for benefits.  You can:

  1. Call Social Security’s toll-free phone number at 1-800-772-1213
  2. Visit a local Social Security office and ask for help in filing an application
  3. Access the online application at the Social Security Administration’s website and file the application online.  Read the rest of this entry »

Answers to Common Questions: Filing for Social Security Disability (Part 2: Do I Need An Attorney?)

February 19th, 2013

A common question asked by prospective clients concerns whether an attorney is needed with the initial (first step) filing process.

The need for an attorney at the initial level depends upon your comfort level in initiating the process and completing documents regarding past work and medical providers, and completing some forms with regard to daily activities and your limitations and restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »

Answers to Common Questions: Filing for Social Security Disability (Part 1)

February 3rd, 2013

Prospective clients often call and ask about the who/what/when/where/why’s of filing a disability case.  The questions often include:

1.    Can I do this by myself or do I need an attorney?
2.    How exactly do I go about filing?
3.    Can I file if I have not worked for many years?
4.    How long does the process take?

Before answering any of the above questions, probably the best advice is to remind a prospective client that medical evidence is required to support a disability application; therefore, it is always a good idea to meet with your doctor(s) and ask if they will support your application for disability.  Read the rest of this entry »

State of Ohio Disability Plans

May 9th, 2012

Filing for disability with State of Ohio Plans such as OPERS (Ohio Public Employees Retirement System), STRS (State Teachers Retirement System), and SERS (State Employees Retirement System) is a challenging matter.  Each of these programs is available to those working within the state employee network. Obtaining disability through these programs is specifically outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

Generally, one is eligible to file if he or she has five years of employment within the system and is considered permanently disabled. The focus of any application is whether the worker can still perform his or her job.  Proceeding without some experience or legal advice can easily lead to a denial and an appeal can be most challenging. Read the rest of this entry »

Critical Evidence That Can Save (Or Kill) Your Social Security Disability Case

March 23rd, 2012

During the application process for Social Security Disability and SSI, certain evidence is often highly scrutinized.  That critical evidence includes whether or not you are taking your prescriptions as instructed by your physician, whether you are following through with recommendations from your treating physician, whether you are using and/or abusing drugs/alcohol/cigarettes, and whether you are doing anything else that generally would indicate that you are not attempting to get better. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Security Disability – The Waiting Game

March 3rd, 2011

A person who applies for Social Security disability is often extremely frustrated with the amount of time it takes to get a decision on his/her claim.  That individual’s frustration is compounded by the fact that there is usually substantial loss in monthly income in the household as a result of his/her inability to work.

The application process includes three main steps. Read the rest of this entry »

Short and Long Term Disability – Get Your Evidence In Before It’s Too Late!

March 3rd, 2011

Short-term and long-term disability benefits are provided by many companies, including hospitals and educational institutions, to replace or nearly replace wages lost in the event of a disability.  If a person is denied these benefits, a federal law called ERISA provides for an appeal process before a lawsuit can begin.  There is usually one, but sometimes two, appeal steps after an initial denial and this is called the Administrative Appeal Process.  If the appeals are denied and no more appeal rights exist, then a federal lawsuit may be filed in the Federal District Court challenging the denial.

Persons dealing with denials are cautioned to be aware of the rules governing evidence in the review process.  Once the Administrative Process is completed, no further evidence can be submitted to the employer or insurance company in support of any federal lawsuit. Therefore, consultation with an attorney is extremely important before appealing the first denial to be sure to understand exactly what is required to make the best case to be awarded benefits in these situations.  Our attorneys will advise you and provide information that will not be obtainable from the employer or an insurance company.