Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers is a top-ranked injury firm that has defended social security disability victims for over 25 years. We are committed to helping you get the disability benefits you deserve. The Social Security Administration pays benefits to persons who cannot work because of a medical condition or catastrophic injury that is expected to last at least one year.
The two benefits paid are Social Security Disability (SSD) payments for all qualified disabled persons, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for qualified individuals who are at lower income levels.
Application for SSD and SSI benefits should be made as soon as possible after becoming disabled because it can take at least three to five months just to process the application and longer for a decision to be made. The decision to approve or deny is made by the Disability Determination Services Agency, and proper, thorough documentation is critical to the outcome of your claim.
Most first-time Social Security applicants (approximately 70%) are turned down. At a time when the government is looking to cut costs, qualifying for and receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a complicated process. The criteria for approval are the following:
Anyone who believes they might qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income should go to www.socialsecurity.gov to review claim requirements and use the online eligibility screening tool. Though there is no need to hire an attorney unless your application is denied, your chances of receiving Social Security Disability benefits are greater if you are represented by a lawyer. Being prepared to discuss legal issues and properly and persuasively documenting your claim generally result in your claim having a much better chance of being approved.
If you have applied for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income and have been denied, you should call our office for a free consultation to ensure your appeal is filed in a timely manner and that it meets all procedural and legal requirements of federal law. We have the medical and investigative resources necessary to challenge these denials and convince the government of the seriousness and legitimacy of your claim. Our extensive experience in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice litigation can be of crucial importance in the success of an appeal because we understand how to present medical evidence regarding disabilities and explain why they prevent employment. We will prepare you to testify and make sure that the proper medical records that are needed to document your claim are submitted in a timely manner.
Although workman’s compensation and Social Security Disability claims go hand in hand, there is no assurance that approval of one benefit will logically lead to approval of the other. It is common that a claimant might be approved for Social Security Disability payments but denied a claim for workman’s compensation, or vice versa.
No fee is collected unless your social security disability claim is won. Legal fees are only collected after you are paid by the Social Security Administration and that fee is set forth by federal law. Call us today for a free case evaluation so we may explain all of your rights and entitlements to you.
Our law firm provides social security disability, supplemental security income, benefit claim filing and appeal of denials representation to clients throughout the Cleveland and Akron metropolitan areas, as well as throughout the State of Ohio. We are dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries, disabilities and death.