Toledo Social Security Disability Attorney Assists Injured Workers
Thorough SSDI lawyer handles benefits cases in Ohio, Michigan and New York
Funds that are withdrawn from your paycheck for Social Security are designed in part to compensate you if you are unable to work for at least one year due to a disability. Unfortunately, many worthy applicants are rejected when seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Located in Toledo, David E. Friedes & Associates represents clients in SSDI claims and appeals. I have served the Lucas County area and other regions for more than 30 years, outlining the process for claimants, preparing authoritative arguments and representing them in hearings. My background and experience helps disabled individuals secure the payment that they’ve earned through hard work and need to support themselves and their families.
Toledo firm advocates for claimants in Social Security filings and appeals
SSDI differs from Supplemental Security Income and other programs that are designed only to assist the poorest individuals and families. Regardless of salary or assets, qualified claimants can collect SSDI benefits. After reviewing the circumstances in your case, I’ll assess the likelihood of an award and help you through the complicated procedures and bureaucracy, outlining key issues such as:
- Work credits — SSDI is only available to people who have accumulated enough work credits over the relevant timeframe. For individuals age 31 and over, this usually means that you must have been employed and had Social Security deducted from your pay for at least five of the 10 previous years. My firm reviews each situation closely and can help you anticipate if your work history qualifies.
- Qualifying conditions — No matter what type of affliction you have, you can make a case for disability compensation under SSDI if you have been unable to work for at least 12 months. The Social Security Administration maintains an impairment manual that describes many different disabling conditions, but a specific injury or illness need not be listed there. Regardless of the circumstances in your matter, I’ll collect and prepare the medical evidence needed to support your claim.
- Appeals — Even when you prepare your application carefully, the Social Security Administration can reject your request for disability benefits. It’s important to act quickly, because an appeal must be mailed within 60 days. In some cases, a fresh set of eyes is all that’s needed and an adverse decision can be reversed following a Request for Reconsideration. If that doesn’t work, my firm will seek a hearing and represent you before an administrative law judge where most reversals take place. From there, I can take your case before the Appeals Council, U.S. District Court or even the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, if necessary.
To maximize your chances for a favorable outcome, it’s important to have an experienced Social Security advocate on your side. I work one on one with clients from Ohio, Michigan and parts of New York to support them in SSDI claims and other matters relating to long-term disability.
Contact a proven Toledo Social Security Disability lawyer for a consultation
David E. Friedes & Associates advocates on behalf of Social Security Disability Insurance claimants in Lucas County and throughout the area. If you are unable to work and believe you might be entitled to benefits, please call 419-842-9902 or contact me online to schedule a meeting at my office in Toledo.