When an Ohio resident is unable to work because of an illness or an injury, Social Security Disability benefits can be a lifeline to help them get through. This can be until they are sufficiently improved to stop getting SSD benefits or for an extended period of time, even for the rest of their lives. It can be easy to forget the basics when thinking about applying for SSD benefits for injury or illness, but they are essential. Having legal help from the start is often vital to getting approved to receive SSD benefits.
When the injury or illness results in an inability to work, the person will have been deemed to be incapable of performing “substantial gainful activity.” The issue can be physical or mental. With SSD, the Social Security Administration examines the medical issues and the type of work the person did previously. People can get benefits for disabilities ranging from heart problem, high blood pressure, cancer, bipolar disorder, cerebral palsy and many, many more issues.
It is not necessary that the disability stemmed from the work the person did. If it did stem from the work, the claimant is still able to get Social Security Disability. The applicant might even be able to get workers’ compensation for a certain amount of time as well. It is important to bear in mind that there might be an offset if receiving both. SSD benefits hinge on the examination, diagnosis and prognosis made by medical professionals. Even those who have been denied when they first applied for benefits can file an appeal. There is often a perception that appeals in legal cases are fruitless endeavors. With SSD benefits, that is not the case. Some people have their denials reversed at one of the four levels of appeal.
One of the keys to a claim is understanding the process, following the requirements when applying and taking all the necessary steps. Claims can be denied not just due to the person not meeting the requirements, but by making errors when applying. A legal professional who is experienced in helping clients who have disabling conditions can assist all the way through to the case’s conclusion.