Disability benefits are available to people who are no longer able to work because of a medical condition or those who were never able to work because of their condition. These benefits are for the protection and well-being of people who cannot hold gainful employment, but they can be difficult to obtain. Even Ohio applicants with a valid claim find it beneficial to seek help when navigating this complex process.
In order to obtain disability benefits, you need much more than just a serious medical condition. You need specific documents, information and medical evidence. Even with all of the appropriate paperwork included, many first-time applications come back denied. If you believe you have a rightful claim to this type of support, you do not have to walk through this process by yourself.
Completing the application process
There is more involved with securing disability benefits than just completing a few forms and hoping for success. In order to correctly file for either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance, you need the following:
- Proof of your age
- Your Social Security number
- Types of medications you are taking and dosages
- Dates of doctor visits or any type of medical care you received
- Names and addresses of doctors and medical facilities you visited
- Medical records, including from doctors, therapists, surgeons, clinics and other professionals connected to your case
- Test results and lab results
- Your most recent tax return
It is not only complex to file for disability benefits; it can be difficult to gather what you need to complete the application process. Many people find it overwhelming and confusing, but you have the right to guidance for every step of the way. While many first-time claims come back denied, you can also have help for the next steps, which may include reconsideration of your claim or appeals.
Your rights as a disabled individual
You may not be able to work, but you still have the right to a strong and prosperous future. You can seek the financial support you deserve through an SSDI or SSI claim, but you may find it helpful to first seek a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of your legal options.
With an experienced legal ally by your side, you can be certain you have what you need for your initial claim. You will also have support if you must continue your fight after a denied claim. If you cannot work, you have no time to lose in learning about your rights.