Sometimes when you file for Social Security Disability benefits in Ohio, you receive a denial of your initial claim. At Manring & Farrell, we understand how disappointed and frustrated this can make you feel. However, this is not the time to give up. You may still be eligible to collect benefits, and you have the right to appeal the decision.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits is not always easy. If the condition with which you suffer is rare or complex, it may not be among those in the Social Security Administration's "blue book," the official list of approved conditions that qualify you for benefits. For many in Ohio, obtaining eligibility for disability means proving their symptoms prevent them from earning a living, and this can add time to an already long approval process.
The Social Security Administration runs several programs that provide financial assistance to people in need, not only in Ohio but across the nation. Among the most commonly used of these are Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI, and Social Security Disability Insurance, which sometimes goes by the abbreviations SSD or SSDI. According to the National Council on Aging, they are similar in that they provide benefits partly on the basis of long-term disability. Between that and the similarities between their abbreviations, it is understandable that you may confuse the two. As a matter of fact, however, they are significantly different in other respects.