Social Security Disability in Ohio: Eligibility And Application Requirements

The Social Security Administration (SSA) regulates and administers the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Payments under the SSDI are given to people who are no longer able to work due to some disability. On the other hand, SSI is for people who cannot work due to disability. In order to be eligible to receive these benefits, the applicants must fulfill certain eligibility requirements.

Types of Disabilities Covered

The SSA has issued a Blue Book that specifies the physical and mental conditions that may qualify for disability under these two programs. Some of the many conditions mentioned in the Blue Book are:

  • Hearing and Vision Loss
  • Cancer
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Liver Disease
  • Back Injuries
  • Mental Disorders

Eligibility Requirements For SSDI And SSI

To qualify for SSI, a person must meet the following requirements

  • Be a US citizen or a legal resident living in the United States.
  • Below 65 years of age.
  • Have a proof of disability that prevents one from working. The disability must be expected to last for at least a year or lead to death.

To qualify for SSDI, a person must additionally have a qualifying work history as required under the law. SSI is also provided to people aged above 65 who do not have any disability but fulfill certain financial qualifications.

How To Apply For Disability Benefits in Ohio?

Any person who wants to apply for disability benefits needs to first open an account with the Social Security Administration. After opening an account, the person needs to apply for the disability either online or in-person. Appointments for in-person applications can be made on phone by calling (800) 772-1213.

The person will be required to complete a “Disability Benefit Application” and also submit the information and documents required as per the “Adult Disability Checklist.” This may include documents related to one’s work history and medical records that support the disability claim.

The application process may take a few months to get completed. Medical conditions listed under “compassionate allowances” may be reviewed sooner. If the initial application gets rejected, then the applicant may file a “Request for Reconsideration.”

Seeking Help From An Ohio Disability Attorney

Navigating through the disability application process can be tough and may add to the already existing suffering resulting from the disability. Further, proving disability and prior work history under this process is a complex requirement that needs thorough documentation. With the help of an experienced Ohio Disability Attorney you can ease these complexities and ensure that your application is complete and as per the requirements under the law.

Contact our law firm today to learn how you can apply and fight for your disability benefits.