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.
This appeal must be requested within 60 days of the denial of your claim. Otherwise, you risk having your appeal dismissed. The ALJ will take a look at your case file, and you may also wish to submit any further evidence you may have before the hearing date scheduled by the ALJ. The amount of time that elapses between your appeal and the date of the hearing will vary depending on where you live, but, in Ohio, it take, on average, over a year for a hearing to be scheduled. Further, about 41 percent of cases before ALJs in Ohio are approved.
You are entitled to have representation at the hearing, and the SSA suggests that you secure such representation as soon as possible, so that your lawyer will have time to review your case and make any submissions he or she feels appropriate. When you go to the hearing, you will find that the hearing is informal, but you and any witnesses you bring with you may have to answer questions under oath, and a recording will be made of the proceedings. The ALJ can also question witnesses he or she has requested to be present, such as a doctor or other professional that may have an opinion relevant to your case. If you are represented, he or she may also question any witnesses and submit evidence.
You will likely not receive a decision that day. The ALJ will study the totality of the evidence and render a written decision, which will be sent to you and your representative.
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