Helping You Understand Social Security Disability Benefits


The “alphabet soup” of Social Security’s disability programs can be confusing. Bringing a claim can be even more complicated. At the law firm of Kennedy & Colasurd, you are served by an experienced and helpful team. Our lawyer will take the time to answer your questions and walk you through every step of the process.


Based in Columbus, we represent disability claimants throughout Central Ohio. Contact us today for a free claim review. We can help whether you are just starting the application process or your claim has already been denied.


Columbus and Central Ohio Disability Claim Attorney Michael D. Colasurd


The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two programs that provide benefits for people who cannot work because of a verified medical condition:

  • Social Security Disability (SSD) provides monthly compensation based on Social Security (FICA) payroll deductions you have paid into the system over the years, up to a maximum benefit. There is no income threshold to receive SSD.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a safety net for people who have never worked or do not have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability. SSI pays a fixed monthly stipend to cover basic living. You must have little income and very limited assets to qualify.

The definition of disability is the same for both SSD and SSI: (A) You must be out of work for 12 months or anticipate that your disability will last a year or more, and (B) You must have a qualifying impairment that prevents you from sustaining gainful employment. Because it takes so long to qualify, you should start the application process early. (You do not have to wait 12 months before you apply.)

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We can advise you as to how to prepare your initial application, although the large majority of claims are denied at this first stage even with legal assistance. We can step in and advocate for you at any stage of the claim and appeals process.


Columbus SSD and SSI attorney Michael Colasurd handles your case from start to finish and keeps you updated. For a free consultation, call 614-221-8401 or contact us online. There are no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you