What is Social Security Disability

Meant to aid those who suffer from a disability preventing them to work, Social Security Disability grants benefits to qualifying candidates through one of two avenues. The first, Social Security Disability Insurance, is for people who have paid their Social Security taxes and worked long enough to be considered insured. The second, Supplemental Security Income, is given only to those who are shown to financially need it. Whether you are applying for either SSDI or SSI, you must meet specific medical criteria to qualify.

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How an Independence Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help

The Social Security Disability Application process can be very intimidating. Applicants are often denied initially, and there appears to be a never-ending list of information that candidates must provide. Navigating the questions and procedures of appeal can feel like finding your way through a dark maze without the guidance of someone who is familiar with its layout.

Luckily, an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney knows the way through all of the SSA’s challenges and can provide much needed insight into what is needed for an approved application. At Hoglund Law, we offer some of that insight through a free case evaluation and, should you decide you’d like the guidance that was honed through over 30,000 clients and 175 years combined Social Security Disability experience, we will help file your case.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability

There are two ways to qualify for Social Security Disability. Either you meet the specific medical criteria listed under one of the Social Security Administrations listed medical criteria or you show that you are incapable of substantial gainful activity. The more popular of the two options is that of the substantial gainful activity because the medical criteria for the conditions released by the SSA are quite severe.

Should you meet the criteria, however, you automatically qualify and are entitled to benefits. Some of the conditions identified by the SSA include cancer, heart failure, asthma, anxiety, HIV, and epilepsy. For a more complete list click here.

Remember, you not only have to have the condition described but you must also meet all the listed criteria the SSA associated with that condition.

Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability

There is a plethora of reasons for which someone may be denied benefits, and it is important to understand what they are so that you can have a better understanding of whether you truly qualify for Social Security Disability. If you are unsure whether one of these applies to you, the best way to find out is to meet with a Social Security Disability attorney who will be able to tell you how your situation fits into the rule.

The Social Security Administration will not approve your application if your condition is in any way impacted by an ongoing use of alcohol or drugs. Nor will they approve an application that is for a disability arising from actions that led to a conviction. Other factors likely to get in your way could be fraud, short-term duration of condition (lasting less than 12 months), and failure to cooperate.

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Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?

Denial is an unfortunate but often necessary step in the journey to receiving benefits. It is only after you’ve been denied that you will be able to appeal and reach a hearing before a judge. At that hearing new evidence will be presented, arguments will be made, and you will find an opportunity to rebut assumptions made and cross-examine opposing witnesses.

All of these things are made easier with a Social Security Disability attorney whose experience grants insight into the inner workings of the SSA’s decisions. At Hoglund Law, we offer access to that insight through a free case evaluation. During the evaluation you will be able to understand how the SSA will look at your claim and what can be done to improve your chances of approval. What’s more is that we are willing to represent you, that way you do not need to struggle through the hardships of a hearing alone.

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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Independence

You can either apply online, via phone call, or in person. The Social Security office in Independence, Ohio is located at 7344 Pearl Rd, Parma, OH 44129. Be sure to bring with you the names, contact information, and addresses of all doctors, hospitals and clinics that you saw for treatment regarding your condition, as well as a list of condition-related prescription medications you’ve taken or are taking and your employment history spanning the last 15 years.

If you do not have all this information, you should still file with what you do have. You can always update your case later. The longer it takes you to apply the more time you will spend waiting for that first check.

Your Local Social Security Office

US Social Security Administration

Address: 7344 Pearl Rd, Parma, OH 44129

Phone: 1 (800) 772-1213 or TTY: 1 (800) 325-0778

7344 Pearl Rd
Parma, OH 44129


Social Security Office Hours

Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Closed on Federal Holidays.

About Independence, OH

A small city in northern Ohio, Independence city is home to just over 7,000 residents. Much of that population is made up of retirees looking for a small-town suburban feel, and the school system is top notch. As a suburb of Cleveland, the city of Independence offers its residents easy access to all that Cleveland has to offer—because small town doesn’t mean small dreams.