There are many different factors affecting people’s lives in Ohio. Some are external and some are personal. One factor that can have a major effect on people’s lives is their health. When people are in good health, they have few limitations and usually do not need much assistance to perform daily tasks. When people are injured or sick, though, it can make even normal daily tasks difficult.
Some injuries and illnesses are more serious than others. If the injury or illness is mild, the person may recover relatively quickly and return to normal life. Other times injuries and illnesses may take a long time to recover from, or will cause life-long limitations. People may not be able to work and earn a living as a result, which can create significant financial difficulties.
Those who find themselves in this unenviable position may be able to apply for and receive social security disability benefits (SSDI). These benefits provide monthly income as well as help with medical insurance to reduce out-of-pocket medical costs. The application process can be a long one, and many people are rejected the first time they apply. As these benefits are very important and serve as a financial lifeline, it can be hard when an application is denied. That being said, there are ways that people can improve their chances of success.
Keys to successful applications
A key to success is being able to demonstrate the limitations brought about by the ongoing illness or injury. The best way to do this is by gathering all medical documentation prior to applying. The Social Security Administration needs to know the severity of the condition and the medical treatment the applicant has tried for it. Having a doctor detail ongoing limitations is important as well. Applicants should also follow up to ensure the right people have the medical records and send copies if needed.
It may be difficult financially, but people should not work during the application process. After all, the point of receiving disability benefits is that work is impossible; if they are employed, it can significantly hurt their chances of an approval.
There are many people in our state who qualify for and desperately need SSDI benefits. Like other applications, it is important to provide the proper information that those reviewing the application need to make their determination. This can be complicated and time-consuming. Experienced social security disability attorneys understand what is needed, though, and can guide applicants through the process.