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October 2014 Archives

Mental conditions create more complications in applying for SSDI

The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) has some resources available to help you understand the system and apply for benefits. They can help you with forms and give you basic information about what kind of evidence to collect. While this may be enough for certain claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Ohio residents should be aware that more complex claims may require the aid of a legal professional.

Annual COLA of Social Security Disability to be under 2 percent

Ohio residents should be aware that every year, the federal government changes the amount of benefits it pays out through the Social Security System to retirees and those who qualify for Social Security Disability. This change, called a "Cost of Living Adjustment" (COLA), is meant to keep the purchasing power of the benefits paid roughly the same year to year. This adjustment began in the mid-1970s due to high inflation rates that were beginning to impoverish many people receiving benefits.

What can you expect if you request an SSDI hearing in Ohio?

Social Security Disability Insurance is a safety net designed to ensure that individuals, including Ohio residents, who suffer from physical or psychological problems serious enough to keep them from earning a living, have at least some sort of income. Whether you live in Ohio or elsewhere, to receive these benefits you must apply to the federal Social Security Administration, explain your inability to work, and submit any evidence you have regarding that claim. A decision on your application will be made by the SSA, and, unfortunately, often this results in a denial of the claim. That is not the end of the matter, however, and the first step is to ask for reconsideration by the agency. This will result in your case being looked at by a person in the agency who had nothing to do with the original denial. If this reconsideration is also denied, you have the right to appeal that decision to an Administrative Law Judge.

Programs may help Ohioans with disabilities return to work

October is here, and with it the presidential proclamation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Initiatives are underway to help disabled Americans participate in the workforce and increase the quality of life that they and their families enjoy.

What does RFC stand for in a Social Security Disability claim?

Residents of Ohio may be aware that individuals who have a disability that affects their ability to work may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. This safety net is for those individuals who are unfortunate enough to have been injured or become ill and who can no longer make enough to support themselves. What is a bit less widely known, however, is that someone may also qualify for Social Security Disability due to a mental health issues.

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