Learn More About Social Security Disability
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Every paycheck we get lists a deduction for FICA taxes. A part of that deduction represents a contribution to your retirement account with the government. Another part of it represents a premium for Social Security Disability benefits.
There are three ways to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits: apply online at ssa.gov, apply by telephone by calling 1-800-772-1213, or apply in person at your local Social Security District Office.
Our region, which includes Ohio and Northern Kentucky, has one of the highest Social Security Disability application rates in the nation. This translates into a long application process.
The Social Security Administration makes it easier for people over the age of 50 and especially those over the age of 55 to meet the definition of disability.
While it is not necessary to have an attorney in order to file an initial application for Social Security disability benefits, I advise my clients to hire a lawyer (either myself or another attorney) up front in order to make the application process easier and improve your odds of having your application approved.
If you perform work that is hard, heavy and taxing, your body is your most important "tool." Backs, knees and shoulders bear the brunt of your labor and are the first to wear out.
Mental illness such as depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome can be approved for benefits the same way a physical impairment is approved.
You can work while applying for Social Security Disability benefits, provided it is not full-time work and you do not exceed the earning limit ($980 per month gross for 2008).
Depending on where you live, obtaining treatment for your condition may be difficult, since different states have different standards in determining your eligibility for Medicaid.
Free Attorney Consultation: To discuss your case with me, lawyer David Kapor, call 513-878-1867 or fill out the contact form on this Web site. I have offices in Cincinnati, Fairfield, College Hill, Blue Ash and Tri-County.