1435 Market Ave. N
Canton, Ohio 44714
MISSION STATEMENT: To understand my clients' needs and effect a positive change in their lives with strong legal representation. I firmly believe that everyone deserves respect and to be treated fairly.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
The largest federal government disability assistance programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)). SSDI pays benefits to individuals who worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes; and SSI pays benefits based on financial need. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have medical conditions that have prevented you from working or are expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death. To win a Social Security disability case, you usually need to prove much more than the inability to do your prior job. Many claimants, including almost everyone under age 50, must prove that they cannot do a full-time easy job.
Most individuals file initial claim applications on their own, but most initial applications are routinely denied by the SSA. As an appointed representative, I will file necessary appeals, help strengthen claims, and provide competent legal representation at all levels. The appeals process can be confusing, so it is important to find a representative who can obtain and maximize the benefits that you need and deserve.
VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION
If you are a U.S. veteran who was injured during active military service or while in the medical care of the Veterans Health Administration, you may be eligible for and entitled to service-connected veterans disability compensation. Common types of veterans disability claims include: TBI (traumatic brain injuries); PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder); MST (military sexual trauma); Agent Orange; Camp Lejeune contaminated water; sleep apnea; tinnitus and hearing loss; scars and paralysis; orthopedic injuries (including degenerative arthritis); diabetes; cancer; asbestos exposure (asbestosis; mesothelioma); toxic exposure from burn pits (Iraq and Afghanistan); Veterans Health Administration medical malpractice.
Most veterans file their initial disability compensation application and expect a quick and easy process. Unfortunately, the reality is that the Veterans Administration denies many applications and/or limits the benefits that are paid out. With 90% of cases being decided by non-lawyers and 90% of claimants being represented by non-lawyers, errors are found on appeals 73% of the time. The average completion time for appeals cases decided by the Veterans Benefits Administration is three years, and the average for cases decided by the Board of Veterans Appeals is five years. Likewise, VA hospital wait times are 50% longer than two years ago, and medical mistakes are routinely made.
As a VA accredited attorney representative, I will assist with navigating the appeals process and obtaining and maximizing the benefits that you need and deserve. I can help you apply for an increase in your disability rating so that you can get a higher monthly payment and be placed in a higher priority group regarding VHA medical appointments. If you were injured due to medical negligence while under VHA care, I will also assist with the submission of administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
If you are a disabled individual, who has work-related injuries, you may be entitled to disability compensation under Ohio workers' compensation law. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and self-insured employers should pay for your medical treatment and compensation benefits for work-related injuries and occupational diseases, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and mesothelioma (due to asbestos exposure). Unfortunately, though, claims are routinely fought by the BWC and employers in order to keep costs down.
Most individuals file initial claim applications on their own. As an appointed representative, I will file necessary appeals, help strengthen claims, and provide competent legal representation at all levels. The appeals process can be confusing, so it is important to find a representative who can obtain and maximize the benefits that you need and deserve.