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The Aebi Law Firm
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Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Should You Apply For Disability Benefits?
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The first question that many Social Security disability clients ask is whether they should apply for disability benefits in the first place.
The issue of your qualification for disability benefits requires a detailed analysis that uses a complicated process. However, the simplified version of whether or not you should apply comes down to these questions:
- Do you have an impairment (either physical or mental) that prevents you from working?
- Has this impairment lasted for at least 12 continuous months, or is it expected to last that long?
If the answer to both of these questions is “yes” then it is worth beginning the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits.
What do you do if your disability application is denied?
Don’t give up if your application for Social Security disability benefits is denied. The fact is that most disability applications are denied. Many people give up at this point, but you should keep going and appeal the denial because the percentage of success on appeal is much better than on the original application.
Several significant things are different at the appeal stage than at the initial application stage. One of the most important differences is that at the appeal hearing you have the opportunity to appear before the judge in person and explain about your condition in your own words. Read our suggestions on Winning Your Disability Appeal.
We represent clients at all phases of the process of pursuing a Social Security disability claim. Some clients file the initial claim themselves, and then come to us after their claim has been denied. Others come to us at the very beginning, and we start helping right at the initial claim filing stage.
There are many things that we can do to help your case, and what we do varies from one client to the next. However, generally we can:
- Make sure that the Social Security Administration has all the information that it needs and that all the forms and other documentation are complete.
- Work with your doctors or therapists to make sure that they provide the appropriate reports to the Social Security Administration.
- Answer your questions about the process, and keep you informed about the progress of your disability claim.
- Prepare you to testify at your appeal hearing. A hearing can be an unusual and uncomfortable environment for some clients, but it becomes easier once you know what to expect.
- Select and prepare witnesses to testify in support of your claim. In addition to the medical evidence from doctors or therapists, we can have some of your friends and family members attend the appeal hearing and testify about how your impairment prevents you from being able to work.