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The Federal Government of the United States provides Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to qualified individuals who have been determined to be partially or totally disabled.

Unfortunately, the government turns away a large percentage of disability benefits applicants every year, which is why talking to a Cincinnati legal professional and Ohio social security disability lawyer is encouraged.

Social Security Disability Benefits are typically paid to individuals who have worked five out of the last 10 years. For individuals under 31 years old, the requirements are different since they have not been in the work force as long.

If you have suffered an injury and cannot pass the work requirement tests, have not held an eligible job, or have not worked at all, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Many people can find the process of dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and filing for benefits intimidating, and an experienced Cincinnati attorney can provide guidance during the hearing process.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio social security lawyer and can help answer your questions related to the Social Security Appeal process.


When to File for Social Security Disability Benefits


It is advisable to file for Social Security disability benefits immediately after becoming disabled. If you are suffering from a serious illness or injury, do not hesitate to file a claim. You should file your Social Security disability claim as soon as possible to avoid any long gaps in due benefits.

If the initial filing goes through, you will get benefits within one to three months, but an appeal can last anywhere from two to three years.
Your Social Security Disability benefits will last as long as you are disabled and unable to return to work.

Social Security will periodically monitor your condition, and you are required to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) if your condition improves. It is possible to receive workers compensation and Social Security disability benefits at the same time.


Ohio Social Security Disability Lawyer


No person is required to have representation when applying for Social Security benefits. However, retaining an experienced Ohio Social Security Lawyer may increase your chances of filing a successful claim.

Claimants who do not hire an attorney may be at risk for filing incomplete applications or missing crucial deadlines. It is important to file a Social Security claim as soon as possible, primarily because disability claims take a long time to process and more than 50 percent of claims are initially denied.

Claims are often denied because the claims examiner did not receive enough information to determine the extent of the disability and how it might interfere with the person’s ability to work.

Hiring an attorney can expedite the process by obtaining necessary medical and pharmacy reports. Medical, work, and other personal records are extremely important, and in many cases minor errors can make or break a decision.


Appealing for a Reconsideration


If you disagree with a decision made on your claim, you should start the appeal process immediately. The Social Security appeal process is complex and you should seek counsel to avoid missing any deadlines.

In cases when your social security disability claim is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal. If you fail to file for reconsideration within the sixty-day time frame you are disqualified for benefits. If you file for reconsideration and are again turned down, you must then request a hearing within 60 days.

Social Security Claimants in Cincinnati have the right to an experienced attorney who can gathers and analyze evidence, including medical documentation.

The Lyon Firm can provide you with the necessary forms to have your doctor fill out that can help you get approved for benefits, and will appear with you at your hearing and argue your case. The Lyon Firm will work on your appeal on a contingency fee basis.


Social Security Disability Compensation


The Lyon Firm seeks to protect Cincinnati clients from being unlawfully discriminated against and given inaccurate determinations. If you believe you may be eligible for Social Security benefits, or have any further questions about the application or appeal processes, do not hesitate to contact an Ohio Social Security Lawyer.

Disability insurance benefits are based on past wages and the amount of time worked. Benefits generally range from $500 to $2,000 per month. Applicants may be eligible to receive retroactive payments for the 12 months prior to the application date, minus a five-month waiting period.


Legal Representation in Ohio


The Lyon Firm does not take Social Security Disability claims lightly. When Social Security reaches a decision on your case, they will send you a letter. If your application is approved, the letter will show the amount of your benefit and when your payments start.

If your application is not approved, which is usually the case, the letter will explain why and tell you how to appeal the decision if you do not agree with it.

The Lyon Firm understands the importance of prompt action in obtaining benefits, and will work with you until the appeal is finalized and the proper funds are acquired.

There are a number of reasons that benefits are delayed, many of which exist with governmental red tape and inefficiencies. The Lyon Firm knows how to quicken the process, however, and work on your behalf.

If you disagree with a decision made on your claim, you should start the appeal process immediately. The Social Security disability appeal process is complex and you should seek counsel to avoid missing any deadlines. The Lyon Firm would be happy to work with you on your appeal on a contingency fee basis.

Please call to discuss in detail. A full discussion on the appeals process is available at the Social Security Web page. If anything is unclear, call Mr. Lyon as he can help in explaining the process in detail.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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