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What to Do If You Are Injured and Unable to Continue Working

Posted on November 30, 2015

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains two concurrent programs available to those who are too injured or too ill to continue working. The first, known as Social Security Disability (SSD) is available to claimants who meet the SSA’s criteria for a long-term debilitating condition. The second, known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), is available to disabled claimants who are also in great financial need and have virtually no personal assets to help sustain their daily care expenses. For help with both of these programs, please contact a Cleveland Social Security Disability lawyer right away.Man with Backache Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer

Accessing SSD Benefits

One of the most fundamental requirements for SSD disability is that the injury or illness is classified as long-term or terminal. In other words, the SSA must receive evidence sufficient to conclude that the disabling condition is either likely to last longer than 12 months or is likely to result in the death of the claimant.

To qualify for SSD benefits after a finding that the condition is long-term, it is still necessary to meet the SSA’s criteria for both the severity of the condition and its impact on your ability to perform your job. In addition, you must have accrued enough time on the job in recent years in order to receive disability benefits. For instance, a worker experiencing a disability at age 50 must have worked five of the last ten years to qualify for coverage.

SSI Benefits for Those in Need

A disabled individual may also be able to access SSI benefits for further assistance with the financial burdens of everyday life. As a Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer will explain, receiving SSI benefits based on disability will require not only a finding of legal disability, but also a finding of financial need. Financial hardship must be documented with tax returns, paystubs or other evidence detailing the claimant’s lack of assets. Claimants may still be able to work and collect both SSD and SSI benefits, assuming the work is part-time and does not exceed a certain monthly income threshold.


Appeals are a frustratingly unfortunate component to the disability application process. If you recently applied for benefits and received a denial, you may be able to file for a reconsideration of your claim. If your reconsideration is denied, you may then apply for an administrative law hearing wherein you can testify about your condition. Your attorney will work closely with you during the appeals process to ensure your claim is thoroughly and adequately presented to the SSA and its agents.

Contact a Cleveland Social Security Disability Attorney Today

If you are in need of assistance with your disability application or need to file an appeal following a recent denial, please contact our office today. You can reach attorney John Paul Oreh by dialing 216-896-0935.

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