That’s all we do. We are lawyers who are dedicated to helping people with their SSI and SSDI cases in northern Ohio. Offices in Toledo, Lorain, Mansfield, and Wooster.
Why don’t we handle cases in other states? Because the distance would make it hard to give the kind of service you deserve–knowing you, knowing your doctors, knowing the judge who may hear your case. We like to give you a chance to meet a real attorney in person before you decide if we are right for you. No fee until you win, and the usual fee is only 25% of back benefits.
If you live in our area, contact us now. Experienced, friendly people are ready for your call, or contact us through this page.
If you don’t live in our area, there may be attorneys in your area like us. Ask around. Good luck with your health and your claim!
If your claim has been denied by an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) or by the AC (Appeals Council) within the last 60 days, if you live in Northern Ohio, and if you are not being represented, contact us. To see if we can help you, we need a copy of the ALJ denial, the AC action (if there is one), any briefs or arguments that your prior representative submitted to the ALJ or AC, and the computer disc of your Social Security file. There is no charge for the review, unless we accept your case and win.
You can avoid the stress, traffic, and parking problems of traveling to Cleveland or Toledo for your Social Security Disability hearing. We have video teleconference equipment available in our Lorain office. Most judges will allow video teleconference hearings. Contact our office immediately if you already have a hearing scheduled and do not have representation.
Ohio Social Security lawyers often hear this question from disability applicants: “I’ve tried, but I just can’t work. Why did the Social Security Administration deny my application for disability benefits?”
The short answer is that a state agency adjudicator found that your application and medical records did not show that you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.”
The Social Security Act defines the term “disability” as an inability “to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which 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.”
More specifically, the Social Security Administration will find you to be “under a disability” only if your impairments are so severe that you cannot do your previous work or, taking into account your age, education and experience, “any other kind of substantial gainful work which exists in the national economy.” Work “exists in the national economy” if it “exists in significant numbers, either in the region where such individual lives or in several regions of the country.”
Assessing whether you are “under a disability” is affected by the concept of vocational adaptability. Younger, better-educated people with work experience are more adaptable to job changes despite a medical impairment. The Social Security Administration requires:
The Social Security Administration’s disability determination is hypothetical. The real-world issues that concern you do not concern the Social Security Administration. For example, it is irrelevant to the Social Security Administration that:
To the Social Security Administration, the question is not “Are you able to find work?” Rather, in determining your disability status, the Social Security Administration will ask, “Hypothetically speaking, is there a job you are capable of performing?”
The most common single reason for an erroneous denial at the state agency level is an over-estimation of your residual functional capacity. The state agency may, for example, have determined that you are capable of medium work when you are actually limited to light work.
Additional examples of erroneous reasons for denial are:
More than one-half of claimants who appeal the denials of their Ohio Social Security disability claims will ultimately be awarded benefits. But proving that your denial was erroneous requires (1) creation of effective theory of your case, (2) assembly of medical evidence consistent with that theory, and (3) persuasive testimony at a hearing before an administrative law judge.
We can help with all three tasks. We have decades of experience helping thousands of claimants win Social Security disability benefits, and we are ready to put our expertise work for you. If your application has been denied and you want our assistance, please provide a brief description of your claim using the form to the right, and we will respond promptly. Or you may contact us at:
Lorain, Ohio office:
440-985-1085 or toll-free 800-448-4211
Mansfield, Ohio office:
419-524-5333 or toll-free 888-690-5033
Oberlin, Ohio office:
440-774-7700 or toll-free 800-448-4211
Toledo, Ohio office:
419-242-1515 or toll-free 888-679-5656
Wooster, Ohio office:
330-263-5333 or toll-free 888-690-5033