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Let Our Ohio SSD Attorneys Explain The Basics Of Social Security Disability Benefits

The application process for Social Security Disability benefits can feel overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the rules and process. The truth is that the vast majority of SSD claims are denied on the first try. At Robert J. Dodd Jr., Co., L.P.A., our lead attorney Maureen Dodd has over 25 years of experience helping people throughout Ohio get the Social Security Disability benefits they need. If you or someone you love is struggling with the SSD application process, our firm can help.

For a free consultation, please call us at 740-693-1208 or send us an email. We handle Social Security Disability claims on a contingency-fee basis. That means you will never pay anything out of pocket, and we do not get paid unless we win benefits for you. We have convenient office locations in New Lexington, Zanesville, Marietta and The Plains.

What Are Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits in general are designed to provide financial assistance to people who cannot work due to a disabling medical condition. There are two types of disability benefit programs to be aware of: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI, or sometimes called SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To learn more about qualifying for these types of benefits, please see our overview of qualifying for SSDI and SSI.

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Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits

For everyday people, the application process is complicated and leads to frequent denials of benefits. We know that there can be a lot of questions when it comes to Social Security Disability, qualifying for benefits and how to apply for disability benefits. Here, our attorneys answer some of the more frequently asked questions. However, we encourage you to take advantage of our no-obligation initial consultation and call us at 740-693-1208 or send us an email.

Can I get Social Security Disability benefits for a partial disability?

No. There are no Social Security Disability benefits for a partial disability. However, depending on your circumstances, there may be other options, such as filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Is there a minimum age that I have to be before I can apply for Social Security disability benefits?

No. Debilitating injuries and illnesses can happen to anyone at any age. Medical conditions like mental illness or cancer can affect people of all ages. In fact, one out of every four 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching the age of retirement. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability benefits can apply and receive support, no matter how old they are. Applicants for SSDI must be between the ages of 18-65 years old. But children can be eligible for SSI, and if you meet the income requirements and do not have coverage for SSDI, anyone under the age of 65 can apply for SSI.

Why can’t I apply for Social Security Disability benefits after I reach retirement age?

Anyone who has paid into Social Security and has reached the age of retirement is eligible for Social Security retirement benefits and therefore is no longer eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Once my application is approved, how long does it take to get my benefits?

Once your application for Social Security Disability is accepted or approved, there is a five-month waiting period after the day your disability began before benefits will begin. However, if a determination is made that your disability began before your application was approved, you could be eligible to get payments for up to 12 months before your application was filed.

Can I still work if I am getting Social Security Disability benefits?

Yes. A lot of people worry that if they work or attempt to re-enter the workforce, they will no longer be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, the SSA actually encourages employment. Through Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, which is available for recipients aged 18-64, there are free employment services and support so you can take advantage of employment incentives. If you have questions about how to return to work and continue receiving the benefits you need, please contact our office and we can answer your questions.

Questions About Disability Benefits? Call Today For A Free Consultation.

We know that applying for disability benefits is complicated and confusing. We help our clients navigate the process and make sure they understand the eligibility requirements and their rights for disability benefits. If you need help with the disability application process, call us at 740-693-1208 or send us an email to set up a free consultation. We look forward to answering any questions that you have.