Social Security Disability Attorney Saint Clairsville, Ohio

Suffering from a permanent disability in east central Ohio can be all consuming. Between lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional turmoil, individuals suffering from disabilities may feel like they are completely alone in their hardships. The Social Security Disability attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, are here to let these individuals know that this is not the case. Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federally funded programs available to disabled individuals who are unable to work. The programs provide benefits, such as monthly income and medical insurance, to qualifying applicants who cannot work due to a physical or mental disability.

The SSDI and SSI attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP are prepared to work with you every step of your Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income application. The unfortunate truth is that the Social Security Administration denies many of the applications that come their way. Getting your application approved may take multiple tries. Our Social Security Disability attorneys will help you through the appeals process and if it comes to it, help you take your claim to court.

Social Security Disability attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, have been working hard for over 60 years. Our practice in SSDI/SSI is one of the first in the country to prioritize the often forgotten about and vulnerable people in society trying to secure their rightly owed benefits.

Who Can Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Regardless if you were born with a disability, or encountered your disability later in life, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

The guidelines to qualify for Social Security Disability insurance are as follows:

  • The applicant must be a citizen of the U.S.
  • The applicant must have either paid into the Social Security system, or be the child or legal defendant of an individual who has paid into the program
  • The applicant must have a mental or physical disability that will bar them from working for a minimum of a year or it is possible the disability will result in death

There are certain exceptions to these guidelines. SSDI attorneys with Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, will make sure that you are a qualifying applicant and work with you to submit the proper documentation. There are no specifications on the type of disability that makes a person a good candidate to apply for SSDI, besides that the disability must impair the applicant’s ability to work within the United States economy. Injuries or illnesses that damage a person’s ability to work for less than a year, especially if they occur in the workplace, are handled better through workers’ compensation claims in the state of Ohio.

Once you and your attorney begin working on your Social Security Disability benefits application, you will be expected to collect medical records and other crucial information regarding your disability. There is also a chance that throughout your application process, you may be expected to participate in mental and physical assessments conducted by medical providers chosen by the Social Security program. Your Social Security Disability attorney will help you through these steps.

Who May Qualify for Supplemental Security Income?

Your attorney will also help determine if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income throughout your Social Security Disability Income application. This program is needs-based, and like SSDI, an applicant must be unable to work for at least a year due to their disability or their disability is likely to cause death.

Fortunately, it is usually possible to apply for SSDI and SSI at the same time. When applying for SSI, applicants are required to present documentation of all their assets. This includes vehicles, property, and things of that sort. Your partnership with a SSDI/SSI attorney will help you gather these documents and present them properly to the Social Security Administration.

How a Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help

You are not alone in your SSDI/SSI application process. The attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, understand that this process can be tiresome and complicated. Our SSDI/SSI attorneys are passionate and educated about what it takes to get their clients their well-deserved benefits. Missing paperwork or items often lead to application denials. If this happens, the attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, will work quickly to remedy the situation and appeal your denial.

The Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income processes are not easy. We recognize that applicants are often at their limit when it comes to the application process, and the attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, will do whatever they can to ease the process.

Let us know how we can be of service to you and your family. Request a FREE CONSULTATION with an SSDI attorney at the offices of Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP. We take cases throughout the state, and we can answer questions from anywhere via email at




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