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March 2016 Archives

Appealing a denial of an application for SSA disability benefits

Many Ohioans know that receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration can be a stressful moment, especially if one is waiting for a decision on an application for disability benefits. If the envelope contains a letter stating that the application has been denied, the stress level can escalate dramatically and persist for days or weeks. Most people who receive such a letter do not fully understand how to protect their rights. In this post, we want to cover the basics of SSD benefits appeals.

28-year-old man killed in workplace accident in Ohio

Construction is a dangerous field to work in; people get hurt all the time. With the right safety equipment and processes in place, these accidents should be avoidable, but there are still instances where workers are injured or killed. If you're hurt because of poor safety standards or workplace violations, it's important that you're able to make a claim for compensation, as this man's family may want to do.

Proving a social security disability claim

Obtaining an award of social security disability benefits requires the applicant to complete a lengthy application form and to submit information that the Social Security Administration can use to decide whether an applicant is "disabled" within the meaning the governing statute and applicable SSA regulations.

Traumatic brain injurys and substance abuse risk

After a traumatic brain injury, one additional issue that could be a concern is substance abuse. You may not have had any trouble with substance abuse in the past, but it's a concern for anyone who has a traumatic event in his or her life. This isn't often talked about as a side effect of traumatic brain injurys, but substance abuse does affect many people who are injured.

The basics of Social Security disability benefits

Physical disability can have a crushing impact on a person's life. In addition to the pain of the injury, a person's capacity to earn an income can be substantially limited. Ohio residents who meet certain criteria can qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration if an injury has made it impossible for them to work. Unfortunately, successfully applying for disability benefits can be a long and often frustrating process. No single blog entry can cover all of the issues that may arise in the course of the benefit application process, but a knowledge of the basics can be very useful.

What is a wrongful death and how does a lawsuit work?

A wrongful death is defined as taking the life of an individual through a willful or negligent act. Basically speaking, if a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of another person, then that person's family or loved ones may be able to file a claim for compensation.

Consultative Examinations for SSDI and intellectual disorders

Over the past few months, this blog has gone into some of the specifics that the Social Security Administration requires when it requests a Consultative Examination (CE) for an individual applying for Social Security Disability Insurance on the basis of a mental disorder. Ohio residents who need to get a CE because of an SSDI application based on psychological disability can expect that the doctor conducting the exam will prepare a report on the person's mental status as well as based on an examination of his or her physical, social and familial conditions.

What affects Social Security Disability income?

When you decide to claim Social Security disability benefits, one of the things you may be able to do is to claim a compassionate allowance as soon as possible. This allowance is awarded faster than most others, because it is only given when a person's disability is obvious. For instance, if you can see that a person's brain injury has made it impossible for him or her to work, then it would be much easier to award the person disability instead of waiting the full length of time required.

What if one can't afford to go to an SSDI hearing?

We have previously discussed many facets of the hearing and appeals process for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income As you may remember, if your application is denied by a case worker at the Social Security Administration, and a reconsideration doesn't work, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. One problem that may crop up, though, is that the ALJs are generally situated in cities that not all applicants will live nearby. After all, Ohio is a pretty big state. So what happens if you can't afford to travel to your hearing?

Worker killed, investigation ongoing in Elyria

Workplace injuries can quickly become fatal, especially if they're one of the main four. The most common injuries on the job include falls, electrocutions, being caught in or between objects, and being hit by falling objects. Most workplaces try to avoid these safety risks with rigorous safety techniques and requirements. Sometimes they don't work, and accidents can happen. Other times, businesses ignore the need for safety, putting workers' lives at risk.

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