Social Security Disability

Has the Social Security Administration denied your disability claim? Are you struggling to pay your bills because you cannot work due to a disability? Call Phil Gauer for a disability claim lawyer in Columbus, Ohio with the experience to represent your case.

My involvement in this area of law developed from my practice in workers’ compensation. There are two types of disability claims administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA): claims for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The same definition of disability applies for both types of claims; it is the inability to work because of – or due to – a medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year, or that is expected to result in death. SSA defines it this way:

“Disability” under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability. SSA program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during short-term periods of disability, such as workers’ compensation, private disability insurance, or savings and investments. These other resources are not always available, however, so the one year duration requirement causes hardship for many claimants.

Attorney fees on these cases are normally “Contingent Fees,” meaning that if the client receives a favorable decision, the attorney’s fee is a percentage (25%) of the past-due benefits. My representation agreements with clients are always in writing, and attorney fees must be approved by SSA.

In order to stay current in this area of law, I am a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), as well as a member of the Social Security Disability Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. So, if you have been denied Social Security disability benefits in the Columbus, Ohio area, contact the office of Phil Gauer for a disability claim lawyer you can trust.