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Social Security FAQs


Ohio Social Security Disability Lawyers Provide Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Gary J. Pandora and Darin G. Kendall are dedicated to helping people throughout Central and Southern Ohio successfully navigate the Social Security process and obtain their disability benefits. The process of applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Disability Income benefits is complex and time-consuming, requiring a significant of paperwork, and the forms themselves are filled with medical terms and legalese that are unfamiliar to most people. We are here to guide you through every step of this complicated application process and beyond. As a courtesy, we have provided the following Frequently Asked Questions regarding Social Security benefits.

How does the federal government define “disabled”?

For the purposes of SSDI claims, “disability” can be defined in layman’s terms as being a serious mental or physical injury or illness that will prevent you from working for at least one year. The state agency has a List of Impairments, which is a list of medical conditions that are automatically considered severe. If you have one of the ailments on this list, you are considered disabled. Otherwise, the state agency determines whether your injury is equivalent to one that is on the list.

When can I apply for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits?

If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability that has lasted or is expected to last for a year, you should apply for benefits immediately.

How are attorneys paid?

Every person has the right to be represented by an attorney or other representative while pursuing a claim or other rights under Titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act. Attorney’s fees in Social Security matters are subject to the specific requirements of the U.S. Social Security Administration, and further information can be found on the SSA website. Gary J. Pandora and Darin G. Kendall are here to help you. There is no risk involved in hiring us to represent you – you will not owe us an attorney’s fee unless we help you recover benefits.

My claim has been denied. What can I do now?

There are many reasons an SSDI claim may be denied: perhaps paperwork has been improperly submitted, an important detail about the extent of your disabilities has been omitted, or there’s been a clerical mistake on the government’s part. Many people have legitimate disabilities, but their initial claims are denied for reasons that can be fixed with the help of a Columbus Social Security Disability lawyer. Do not be discouraged if your claim has been denied. If you feel that your case has not been fairly evaluated, you can file an appeal. If you are ineligible for SSDI, other means of disability benefits are available, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Disabled Widow’s or Widower’s Benefits, or Disabled Adult Child Benefits.

Gary J. Pandora and Darin G. Kendall have over 30 years of experience with Social Security claims. Many clients come to us after their initial claim has been rejected. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully resolve even the most difficult and challenging cases, and are ready to help you with your appeal. Call us today at (855) 235-6091 for a free consultation.

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