Ohio Social Security Disability Attorneys

If you cannot work due to an illness, injury or disabling condition, you and your dependents may be eligible for Social Security benefits.  While the benefits may be available, obtaining them can be difficult.  The vast majority of claims are initially turned down.

Filing a claim with the Social Security Administration for disability benefits requires an understanding of their process and terminology.   The Knisley Law Office has been handling both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Interest (SSI) claims throughout the entire state of Ohio for the last 60 years.  We understand no two cases are the same, which is why we make sure each case gets the individual attention it deserves.  Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced social security attorney.

Social Security Disability (SSD)

Can't Work Due To An Injury Or Impairment?

Under Social Security, a claimant is disabled and is entitled to benefits if s/he is not capable of “substantial gainful activity.”  Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities.  This includes “past relevant work,” which is any gainful activity you have had in the past 15 years.

The fact that the claimant cannot work must be the result of one or more medically determinable physical and/or mental problems.  The problem which causes a claimant to be disabled does not have to be the result of work.  However, if a claimant is disabled due to work, s/he can still receive Social Security Disability as long as the requirements are met.  There may be an offset if the claimant is also receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

Does Your Disability Meet The Duration Requirement?

The durational requirement means that the claimant has a physical and/or mental impairment causing them to be disabled and unable to work for a minimum of 12 months.  More specifically, the medical impairment which causes the disability must either (1) last for longer than 12 months; (2) is expected to last longer than 12 months; or (3) can be expected to result in death.

Have You Filed An Application?

The Social Security Disability process begins by filing the claim application at the local district office of the Social Security Administration closest to your residence.  After the claim application is filed, an initial decision is made.

If the initial claim is disallowed, within 60 days a request for reconsideration can be filed and, at this point, legal representation is a must.  Our attorneys at Knisley Law Office can guide you through the process and ensure that your case gets the individual attention it deserves.  Contact us today at 1-800-573-9503 to speak with an experienced attorney.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Disabled And Meet The Income Limit?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to those in need and who meet income requirements.  The medical criteria for disability is the same for both SSD and SSI programs.  The maximum income allowable under SSI is typically based on the income of all residents in the household. 

The Grid Rules are a set of rules the Social Security uses when a disability applicant doesn't meet a medical impairment listing.  The Grid Rules combine the individuals age, education, and work experience, with their residual functional capacity to determine whether a finding of disability is appropriate.  

What are the Grid Rules?