In Ohio, there are nearly 350,000 beneficiaries receiving Social Security disability benefits. However, getting those benefits is not easy. With an initial rejection rate of nearly 70%, it can be hard to get a favorable disposition for your SSDI application.
There are dozens of Social Security offices in Ohio at which you can make your initial applications. Here is a list of all these locations:
|Canton||Chillicothe||Cincinnati Downtown||Cincinnati North|
|Cleveland Downtown||Cleveland East||Cleveland North East||Cleveland North West|
|Cleveland South East||Cleveland South West||Cleveland West||Columbus Downtown|
|Columbus East||Columbus North||Columbus West||Dayton|
However, with the high initial rejection rate, it is likely you will also need to know where your appeal hearing might be held.
Hearing Offices (ODAR) in Ohio
Hearings are held at a special location called an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The entire state of Ohio is served by six ODARs. Below is a statistical snapshot of these offices as of 8/12/2013.
Per Day Per ALJ
|Akron Oh||13||14.0 months||397 days||2.4||13%||49%||37%|
|Cincinnati||15||13.0 months||404 days||1.9||16%||46%||37%|
|Cleveland||17||9.0 months||312 days||1.7||18%||37%||45%|
|Columbus||14||11.0 months||347 days||2.0||20%||44%||36%|
|Dayton||8||10.5 months||379 days||2.3||13%||44%||43%|
|Toledo Oh||11||13.0 months||410 days||2.4||16%||45%||39%|
|All Ohio||11.8 months||374 days||2.1||16%||44%||39%|
|National Average:||11.6 months||370 days||2.3||18%||46%||36%|
As you can see, it can take a long time to get your case heard and receive your final disposition, but not significantly longer than the national average.
How an Ohio Disability Benefits Attorney Can Help
Although a disability benefits attorney can help at all stages of your application for benefits, they are most valuable during your hearing process. Every hearing judge has slightly different needs for evidence in order to be convinced that your application should be approved. A disability benefits attorney in Ohio is likely familiar with each of the judges that hears cases at your local ODAR and can help you review your file and prepare your testimony to give you the maximum chance of success.
Please contact us to find out how a disability benefits attorney can help your case.