Lorain residents who are out of work for a year due to a log term disability can apply for social security disability benefits. You can apply for wither Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). As of December 2011, there were 8,490 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 6,757 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Lorain County. Lorain Disability Attorneys and advocates are available to assist you with the application and appeals process.
If you are comfortable applying for disability on your own, you can apply for disability online. However, if you need help applying or have questions, you should visit a local SSA office. Listed below are the closest SSA offices to the Lorain area:
Lorain, OH 44052
3355 Richmond Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122
4035 N Jefferson St
Medina, OH 44256
7344 Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Lorain Disability Attorneys
You should at least consult with a Lorain social security attorney before applying for benefits. All disability attorneys offer free consultations and you can choose whether or not you want to sign with the attorney after the cost. Even if you do sign with the attorney, he or she will not be paid unless you are awarded benefits.
Learn more about how a disability attorney is paid.
A Lorain social security disability lawyer will also handle claims in the following cities and towns: Amherst, Sheffield Lake, Elyria, Avon, Avon Lake, North Ridgeville, Vermillion, North Olmsted, Bay Village, Westlake, Cleveland and Lakewood.
The Lorain County Bar Association will be able to provide you with more info on the necessary paperwork to hire an attorney.
Lorain County Bar Association
627 West Broad Street
Elyria, OH 44035
Lorain Disability Hearings
Don’t be discouraged if your claim is denied at the initial and reconsideration levels. The next step in the appeals process is the disability hearing stage, where almost 60% of claims are approved. You will have to go the Cleveland ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) for you hearing.
Currently, there are 5,009 pending cases at the Cleveland office and the wait time is 246 days. From October 2012 to January 2013, the Cleveland office had 1788 hearings scheduled. Approximately 81.5% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied).
Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) oversee the hearings. Approximately 17 hearings (or dispositions) were held on average each day and spread out among the 16 judges at this office.
If you live far away from the Cleveland ODAR, video conferencing is an option. Approximately 15% of the hearings at the Cleveland ODAR were video hearings.
You should request a congressional inquiry into your claim if you need it to be scheduled sooner. However, the request is only granted in extreme circumstances.
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