In Cincinnati (Hamilton County) there were nearly 23,000 disabled workers receiving SSDI benefits, as well as 235 spouses and 4200 children as of December 2012. For new cases, it may be a long time before they receive benefits. After an initial disposition of 3-5 months, the approximately 70% of cases that receive initial rejections will have to schedule hearings. At the Cincinnati office, it takes approximately 13 months or 404 days to get a hearing.
TestimonialAnthony Castelli SSD Ohio
A little over two years ago my daughter was denied her appeal for social security disability. Not knowing what else to do, I contacted your office and was provided Mr. Tony Castelli’s name as a lawyer who had significant experience and success with social security disability claims based on MS.
Thank you for the referral. I contact Mr. Castelli and interviewed with him and my daughter. He took the case. It took 2 years and 2 months from the time he filed in our behalf to finally getting the hearing. During that period, Mr. Castelli diligently researched the case and provided supporting evidence to the social security administration and the court – even making phone calls to determine the cause for delay. I’m happy to report his diligence paid off. Yesterday the Court granted Debbie permanent disability status.
I highly recommend him to you – and thank you for the original referral which directly led to a successful appeal and social security disability for Debbie.Written by: AnonAnthony Castelli SSD OhioDate published: 10/20/20135 / 5 stars
Individual Judges Approval Rates
There are currently 15 judges working at the Cincinnati ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review), where hearings are held. These judges have a wide variety of approval rates for applications, as listed below:
|Judge||Office||Total Dispositions||Total ALJ
Across All Offices
|Decisions||Awards||Denials||Fully Favorable||Partially Favorable|
|Boylan, Peter J||CINCINNATI||580||580||489||286||203||268||18|
|Flynn, Robert W||CINCINNATI||350||350||288||175||113||155||20|
|Kelly III, John T||CINCINNATI||198||198||169||145||24||134||11|
|Kenyon, Gregory G||CINCINNATI||538||538||472||196||276||178||18|
|Prince, John M||CINCINNATI||417||417||352||239||113||217||22|
|Rodner, Samuel A||CINCINNATI||167||167||147||68||79||61||7|
|Sheard, Gilbert A||CINCINNATI||307||307||264||196||68||179||17|
|Temin, Larry A||CINCINNATI||280||280||219||93||126||77||16|
|Wilkerson, Dwight D||CINCINNATI||347||347||282||134||148||116||18|
How a Cincinnati Disability Attorney Can Help
When you go into a hearing, you have to be prepared to present your case in the most favorable way to increase your odds of getting your disability benefits application approved. A Cincinnati disability attorney can help you do this by reviewing the evidence in your file and helping you present that evidence in a way that the individual judge considering your case will understand.
An experienced attorney knows what information each judge weighs most heavily, and what they need to see to be convinced that you truly are disabled and deserve to receive disability benefits. Your attorney can help you put this information in your file, but also help you present it to the judge by coaching you to deliver your testimony properly and asking you all the right questions during your hearing so you give the judge the necessary information.
To learn more about how a Cincinnati disability attorney can help, please contact us today.
Social Security Facts and Information
Want to understand more about the scope of the Social Security program? Here are some basic facts about Social Security and Social Security disability benefits.
Social Security was established in 1935
Today, about 91% of workers work in jobs that have protection from long-term disability. (93% in Ohio).
Disabled workers and their families account for about 19% of Social Security’s total benefits paid.
The Social Security Administration estimates that 1 in 4 20-year-olds will become disabled before they reach retirement age.
Nationwide, Social Security pays more than $17 billion to disabled workers, their dependents, and survivors.
Social Security Disability Facts for Ohio
Overall, about 1 in 6 Ohioans receives benefits from Social Security, getting about $28 billion dollars in compensation, including retirees, disabled workers, and their spouses.
In Ohio, the average benefit from Social Security is $13,130.
There are more than 345,000 disabled workers who receive Social Security disability benefits in Ohio, in addition to more than 70,000 dependents and 6,000 spouses.
The three largest counties for SSDI beneficiaries are:
- Cuyahoga (Cleveland) 38,170
- Franklin (Columbus) 29,655
- Hamilton (Cincinnati) 22,980
Together, these three counties account for about 26% of all Social Security disability benefits recipients.
In Ohio, 32.3% of applications are approved initially, with another11.5% approved on Reconsideration. SSDI-only approval rates are much higher, with 45.5% of applications approved initially.
The Cleveland ODAR has the lowest approval rate, at 37%. The Akron ODAR has the highest approval rate at 50%. Cleveland also has the shortest wait time for a hearing (9 months) and Akron the longest (14 months).
If you want to learn whether you qualify for SSDI benefits or other Social Security programs, please contact a Social Security disability attorney.