Receiving disability benefits from the government can be discouragingly difficult. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the federal office that administers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI/SSI) interpret their missions to serve as good stewards of public funds as de facto mandates to deny workers’ compensation and SSDI claims. Or so it may seem to individuals who have suffered workplace injuries or been left unemployed because of a long-term disability.
The workers’ comp attorneys and Social Security lawyers who operate out of the Lancaster, Ohio, offices of Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman understand that “no” simply cannot be accepted as an answer by applicants for disability coverage and payments. We live to help workers and families struggling to meet the financial challenges of living without adequate employment income, and we have decades of experience assisting people file claims for workers’ compensation and SSDI, appeal denials, and find the health care and support they need within and outside the government programs.
Established in 1800 as one of the first permanent American settlements in central Ohio, Lancaster now serves as the seat of Fairfield County and is home to nearly 40,000 people. It was the birthplace of William Tecumseh Sherman, who rose to command of all Western troops for the Union during the U.S. Civil War. Famed, or infamous, for taking Atlanta late in the war and then leading the March to the Sea, Sherman was far from the only member of his family to make a significant mark on history. His father served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio, and William’s brother, John, secured passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act as a U.S. senator. Between stints in the Senate, John served as U.S. treasury secretary and later held the post of Secretary of State.
Lancaster also has a storied history in state and federal law. Resident and U.S. Attorney General Henry Stanberry defended President Andrew Johnson through his impeachment trial. That, in part, led the writer of one brief history of the city to observe, “For many decades the early Lancaster legal bar was noted as the most brilliant in the state, and by some as the most brilliant in the nation.” Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman is proud to continue contributing to that tradition of doing law right.
Work-related injuries and illnesses should entitle victims to compensation for medical care and lost wages. Technically, they do, but the workers’ compensation system run by the State of Ohio does not issue payments and reimbursements automatically. Receiving workers’ comp requires successfully navigating a complex application process that includes filing forms, undergoing physical examinations by doctors and employment specialists paid by the government, and–almost always–appealing an initial denial.
Disabled workers can improve their chances of getting compensation for a work injury or a disease that developed because of unsafe working conditions if they secure representation from an experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney. No case is ever the same, and positive outcomes cannot be guaranteed, but taking on the system with someone who has been through it many times before raises the odds of success.
Filing a Social Security disability (SSD) claim presents as many challenges as does requesting workers’ comp, creating a similar need for assistance from a dedicated Social Security attorney. Dedication matters, as reviews of first-time SSD applications can take as long as 5 months. Also, with initial denials common and deadlines for filing appeals tight, working with an SSD attorney who knows you and your medical history from day one can make a great deal of difference in having a no converted into a yes.
Injured, sick, and disabled workers in Lancaster, OH, can get in touch with an Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman disability attorney by filling out this web form. Initial consultations are always free.