Most people assume Ohio Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will be there should they become unable to work. Taxes paid by employers and employees fund the programs, and SSDI should be available to any American who has had the mysteriously named F.I.C.A. withheld from his or her paycheck.
Too many people end up shocked and dismayed when they learn that neither workers’ comp nor Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are paid automatically. Even after a well-documented workplace injury, the state may deny workers’ compensation. Despite a lifetime of medical records attesting to the presence of a long-term disability and a spotty resume of dead-end jobs, federal case workers with the Social Security Administration may determine that an SSD applicant can secure rewarding employment at a living wage. Denials of government disability benefits are common, and such decisions can leave people with few options for living independently and well.
Workers’ compensation attorneys and social security disability lawyers at the Athens, Ohio, offices of Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman stand ready to help anyone facing that nightmare scenario. We also have experience assisting Ohioans who are eligible to receive disability income through plans like the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teachers Retirement System. No one in Athens should go without benefits they need and deserve.
Tucked into the southeast corner of Ohio, Athens lives up to its classical name by housing Ohio University and featuring a landscape of beautiful hills and forests. The city also hosts the nation’s premier Pawpaw Festival each year. Less well-known nowadays than the Buckeye, the mango-like pawpaw actually figures much more significantly in America’s history and folklore. A favorite of Native Americans and settlers pushing westward–especially the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition–a ripe pawpaw makes a meal, weighing as much as a pound while eating like a sweet, citrusy custard. Plus, whatever songs get sung about tree nuts, few tunes match the glee of the childhood favorite “The Paw Paw Patch.” Unavailable in grocery stores, pawpaws constantly surprise and delight those who discover them, much like the special city of Athens itself.
Compensation for a work injury or occupational illness never gets paid automatically. No matter how indisputable evidence that a person got hurt on the job or became sick because of the conditions under which he or she worked is, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation makes each applicant for disability payments fill out reams of paperwork and submit file boxes full of records from doctors, therapists, supervisors, and others. Putting together a workers’ compensation claim and seeing it through to a resolution can turn into something of a full-time job in its own right. Going through the process, however, is often the only option for someone who has lost wages due to a work-related injury or illness.
Helping workers hit with a disability and fighting for disabled workers’ rights are our top priorities at Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman. As experienced workers’ comp attorneys, we can ensure all the right forms reach the right people well ahead of tight deadlines. We can put clients in touch with excellent health care providers and therapists. Most of all, we know how to respond effectively and efficiently when appealing denials of claims for workers’ compensation benefits.
The Social Security Administration also confronts people filing SSDI and SSI claims with complicated bureaucratic processes and long reviews. Many of the same requirements for medical evidence and earnings statements are in place, but federal disability case reviewers operate on different timelines and assess applications by different criteria. For instance, a Social Security Disability claim does not need to be based on a work incident or employment situation. Also, SSDI exists primarily to cover long-term disabilities. Workers’ comp benefits are supposed to be temporary for most people.
Just as with workers’ compensation, however, putting together an application and, when necessary, an appeal with assistance from an SSD attorney can make all the difference between a denial and an approval. A skilled and knowledgeable Social Security lawyer will know how to collect and present the strongest evidence while also ensuring the disabled individual has access to all necessary information and care as a claim gets adjudicated.
If you are disabled and need workers’ comp or SSDI, you need assistance from a disability attorney who can protect your rights and represent your interests. Let the Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman’s talented staff in Athens, OH, serve as your legal champions. Contact us today to discuss your case for free.