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Cincinnati Social Security Disability Attorneys

If you’ve suffered a debilitating injury that leaves you unable to work, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits, and you deserve to know your legal rights. The Social Security lawyers at Lawrence & Associates are ready to review the details of your case, advise you of your options, and guide you through the process of applying for and receiving Social Security disability benefits.

The Social Security attorneys of Lawrence & Associates have represented numerous Social Security disability benefit applicants throughout the Cincinnati area and before judges in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. We protect the rights of our Social Security clients and help them get the disability benefits they need to live comfortably and independently. If you’ve suffered a disability and can’t return to work, contact Lawrence & Associates for a consultation with a Social Security attorney. You pay nothing out of pocket to hire us to work on your case.

Do I Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

The Social Security disability benefits application process can be long and confusing. You’ll be asked to send in numerous documents, submit to medical examinations, and prove to a hearing officer or administrative law judge that you are disabled from performing work that exists in substantial numbers in the national economy.

Many applicants who proceed without a Social Security disability lawyer often fail to qualify for benefits. As part of your application process, you’ll be asked to attend a clinical evaluation or disability evaluation. Social Security uses this evaluation as a justification for granting or denying your application for benefits. An experienced Social Security disability lawyer will advise you how to make the most of your evaluation to benefit rather than hurt your application.

Additionally, Social Security will retain a vocational expert who will review your evaluation and determine whether jobs exist in significant numbers in the local and national economy that you could perform despite your limitations. If the vocational expert finds such jobs, you will be found not to be disabled. An experienced Social Security disability attorney knows the typical testimony the vocational experts rely on and can vigorously cross-examine them, pointing out the unreasonable jobs they propose as suitable for you. When vocational experts are not effectively cross-examined, administrative law judges typically rely on their testimony to deny applications for disability benefits.

The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be daunting without experienced legal representation. Let us handle the burdens of collecting and submitting your paperwork and arguing your case before the administrative law judge so that you can focus on taking care of yourself and your family. You never have to pay out of pocket for the Social Security attorneys of Lawrence & Associates.

Why Choose Lawrence & Associates to Handle My Social Security Disability Case?

If you’re applying for Social Security disability benefits, you have a choice of many Cincinnati law firms. How can you know which firm will be best for you? Not all law firms are created equal. Having the right lawyer representing you during your application process can mean the difference between approval and denial. You need Social Security lawyers with the right experience, track record, and client focus.

The Social Security disability lawyers of Lawrence & Associates have those factors that set us apart from other law firms. Our Social Security disability attorneys have represented disability benefit applications in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. We’ve seen all the arguments that the disability evaluation doctors and vocational experts make to claim that you don’t have limitations or that jobs exist within your limitations. We have the experience to refute those standard arguments, and we’ve helped numerous clients secure the disability benefits they need to afford life’s expenses.

At Lawrence & Associates, our focus is on providing exceptional customer service. Our attorneys and staff are responsive to your questions and concerns, making sure that you are always kept up to date on the status of your case and that you understand your options and the next steps to take. We work closely with experts and medical professionals to get you the benefits you need, including:

  • Disabled Worker Benefits – The most common type of Social Security benefit to require an attorney’s services is the Disabled Worker Benefit, also known as SSDI, RSDI or DIB.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – This is needs-based income for the aged, blind, or disabled. In order to get SSI, a single individual cannot have more than $2,000 in resources, and a married individual cannot have more than $3,000 in resources. The amount of income an applicant can earn is similarly restricted.
  • Childhood Benefits – If a child is disabled, they may qualify for SSI benefits if they are under the age of 18 and have a physical or mental condition, or combination of conditions, that meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children.
  • Retired Worker Benefits – The Social Security Administration pays retired worker benefits to citizens that worked for long enough to be covered by Social Security and who have reached at least age 62 (for partial benefits) or age 70 (for full benefits).
  • Survivor Benefits – The Social Security Administration also pays survivor benefits to citizens that are the child, widow(er), or parent of a deceased worker.

Our attorneys have experience that Cincinnati families can trust to help them seek the Social Security benefits they need.

Types of Social Security Disability Cases We Handle

Conditions that qualify as a disability for Social Security eligibility are numerous. The most common conditions that lead to disability benefits include back and spinal injuries, vision loss/blindness, diabetes-related conditions, loss of use of arms or legs, arthritis, and depression. However, you are ineligible for Social Security disability benefits if you are working full time, even in a limited capacity or with work restrictions.

Our Social Security attorneys have had success in getting applications approved for clients with the following conditions:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tertiary syphilis
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Schizophrenia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Mosaic Down syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Autism
  • Kienbock’s disease
  • Edema
  • Stroke
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

If you have any physical or psychological condition that keeps you from working, call the Social Security attorneys at Lawrence & Associates today.

We can also help with these aspects of SSD cases:

Reach out to our disability attorneys at (513) 351-5997 to learn more about how we can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability

If you have questions about Social Security disability benefits or the applications or appeals process, we have answers. Call our knowledgeable team at (513) 351-5997 for help, and read some frequently asked questions and their answers below:

A disability benefits application can be filed online, by telephone, or in person at a Social Security Administration field office. The Social Security Administration recommends filing applications online to avoid having to wait in line or on the phone. Our Social Security attorneys will work with you to obtain all the necessary medical and personal information and file the application on your behalf. If your application is denied, you are entitled to request reconsideration. If your application is denied after reconsideration, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If the judge denies your claim, you can seek review before the Appeals Council. If the Appeals Council upholds the judge’s decision, your last resort is to file suit in federal court.
At each step, you will need to prove that you have “an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” The field office, administrative law judge, Appeals Council, or the court will perform a sequential evaluation, asking:
  • Is the applicant performing a substantial gainful activity?
  • Is the applicant’s health problem or problems “severe”?
  • Does the applicant’s impairment meet or equal one listed in the regulations?
  • Can the applicant perform his or her “past relevant work”?
  • Can the applicant perform any other work in the local and national economy?
  • If I have a disability will I be entitled to Social Security?
Even if you are found to have a disability under the Social Security regulations, you will be deemed ineligible for benefits if you are still engaged in “substantial gainful activity” or if the vocational expert finds there are jobs within your limitations that exist in substantial numbers in the local and national economy. You are permitted to perform a limited monthly amount of gainful activity, which changes yearly based on the national average wage index.
Federal law requires attorney fees to be set at 25 percent of your back pay from your Social Security disability award, up to a maximum of $6,000. That means you do not have to pay out of pocket to hire a Social Security attorney and will not have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. Your attorney can petition for more than $6,000 if your claim involves multiple hearings or appeals, although this is a rare occurrence.
Once you apply for benefits, it typically takes four to six months to receive an initial determination. Reconsideration can take another four to six months. If you ultimately seek a hearing before an administrative law judge, it can take approximately 20 months to receive a hearing. And if you decide to take a denial all the way to federal court, it can take many months more to finally resolve your claim. The Social Security attorneys at Lawrence & Associates will work as diligently and efficiently as the Social Security and court systems allow.

Social Security Disability Statistics

As of December 2016, The Social Security Administration reported that in Ohio there were 412,714 beneficiaries of Social Security disability with each recipient receiving an average monthly benefit of $1,271. Of that total:

  • 1,776 beneficiaries suffered from congenital anomalies
  • 12,059 suffered from endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases
  • 3,322 suffered from infectious and parasitic diseases
  • 12,539 suffered from disabling injuries
  • 11,128 suffered from neoplasms
  • 155,076 suffered from mental disorders

Mental disorder statistics include autistic disorders, developmental disorders, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, organic mental disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and unclassified childhood and adolescent disorders.

The Cincinnati Social Security Disability Lawyers of Lawrence & Associates Will Fight for You

The Cincinnati Social Security disability attorneys of Lawrence & Associates understand the worry our clients feel when they are disabled from work and are counting on Social Security to make ends meet. This is why our attorneys work nonstop to ensure that our clients get the disability benefits they need.

If you are disabled from work in Cincinnati, don’t wait another day to begin the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits. Contact Lawrence & Associates at (513) 351-5997 today for a free evaluation of your case.

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