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Ohio Social Security Disability: What are SSI and SSDI?





If you suffer from an injury or health condition that leaves you permanently unable to work, you may qualify for disability benefits and income support through Social Security. The Ohio federal disability program also makes financial assistance available to parents who care for a child with a major disability.

The Columbus, Ohio, Social Security disability lawyers with Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC, stand ready to help fellow Ohioans in need receive the Social Security benefits they have earned. This commitment grew from the one made by our firm’s founder, Richard N. Larrimer, in 1929. He established our practice to serve injured and ill workers navigate the difficult Ohio workers’ compensation system.

Dealing with Social Security is no less challenging than taking on workers’ comp cases, so trust one of our dedicated and experienced Columbus Social Security disability lawyers to offer the advice and representation you need when seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments in Ohio.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Ohio Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to an individual who cannot work because they have a physical or health condition that has lasted at least one year or which can be expected to result in death. Permanently disabled children whose non disabled parents meet the other eligibility requirements listed below can also qualify for SSDI benefits.

To receive SSDI in Ohio, you must also prove that:

  • You have worked jobs that required you to pay Social Security taxes,

  • Your medical condition meets the SSDI program’s definition of a disability, and

  • Your disability prevents you from performing the job you held before the condition developed and you cannot adjust to doing another type of work

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Speak with a Columbus Social Security Disability Attorney

Speaking with a knowledgeable SSDI attorney in Columbus, Ohio, before you apply for federal disability benefits will help clarify whether you meet the basic eligibility requirements. An attorney who has handled cases for many other SSDI applicants will then be able to assist you with completing your application.

A Columbus SSDI lawyer will also be able to help you estimate the amount of the benefit you could receive. Since the money paid out in monthly disability benefits reflects the money the recipient has paid into Social Security through deductions from each paycheck, payments are not standard.

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments go to SSDI beneficiaries who have little or no income from other sources. Your Columbus SSDI lawyer will let you know if applying for supplemental income makes sense.

SSI can also be approved for U.S. citizens who have no work history, provided the individuals have minimal or no income, no ability to start earning more and are either:

  • Are 65 or older, or

  • Have a severe mental or physical impairment that kept them from working their entire life.


Unlike SSDI, you may be able to receive SSI even if you have a job. The government considers all your fiscal resources when determining whether to approve supplement income payments, but workers’ comp, pension payments, Medicaid and housing grants will not reduce your SSI eligibility. There are also rules regarding what the government cannot look at when considering your SSI application. A Columbus SSI lawyer can advise you of and enforce your rights.

Contact a Top-Rated Social Security Attorney in Columbus, Ohio

If you think you may qualify for SSDI or SSI, or if you already applied only to have benefits denied, you can contact the Ohio Social Security disability lawyers at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC to request a free consultation regarding your case. We can also discuss Ohio’s Residential State Supplement Program if you live in an adult care facility.

We represent clients throughout the state of Ohio, and we have offices in Columbus, Granville, Portsmouth, and Zanesville. Put us to work for you.




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