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Does a substance addiction qualify one for disability in Ohio?

There can be no doubt that many families in Ohio and around the nation have had to deal with the problems that accompany drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. While those who struggle with addiction to substances may be regarded by some as lacking willpower and dedication, more evidence is accumulating that there is a genetic component to many types of addiction, and that simply telling someone to "just say no" is fairly ineffective. There are more counseling and treatment options than there have been in the past, and those in the throes of an addiction have hope for reclaiming their lives. However, there may be issues caused by an substance addiction that interfere with a person's ability to work and earn a living. Whether or not the addiction itself is classified as an illness, certain psychological conditions attributable to a present or past addiction may include depression, anxiety and personality disorders. So, if one cannot work due to their addiction, can he or she be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?

What do I do in Ohio if the SSA Appeals Council denies my claim?

In this blog, we've discussed several of the stages that a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in Ohio may go through. The administrative process within the Social Security Administration (SSA) has quite a few levels, from the original decision of the state Disability Determination Service, to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, to a request to the SSA Appeals Council. But what happens if your claim is denied at all these levels? Is there any hope left at that point?

Will the SSA review disability while you are receiving SSDI?

Let's say you became disabled some time ago, and find that your illness or injury prevents you from going to work. As you have been employed for quite a few years, you have paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system through payroll deductions. So, you go through the process of filing a disability claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You fill out the requisite forms, submit the necessary documents, perhaps submit to a medical examination. Maybe you are approved the first time, or you may have had to file an appeal and have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. In any event, you have been approved, and you begin receiving your benefits. Is that it? Are you finished with the SSA?

Can adult children receive benefits from parents' SSDI in Ohio?

About a month ago, this blog discussed the possibility of children who are disabled receiving benefits through the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. At that time, we hinted that there may be another way for a disabled person who has not worked to get benefits; that is, through his or her parent's Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) eligibility. Below is a brief discussion of who may qualify for such benefits.

Would sickle-cell anemia qualify a child for SSI?

As we have touched on before on this blog, the Social Security Administration uses somewhat differing criteria to evaluate claims of disability for adults and children. Since individuals who are under the age of 18 do not generally hold full-time jobs, using a standard of "inability to work" would not be appropriate for children applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Instead of ability to work, the SSA attempts to determine if the child's condition causes severe and marked functional limitations. Thus, the SSA has a separate section of its disability evaluation process that is used specifically for children.

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