The knowledgeable disability lawyers at The Ken Nunn Law Office have created this disability resource guide for disability benefit claims in Indiana.

Living with a disability in Indiana presents unique challenges, but understanding the resources available to you is crucial for accessing support. This comprehensive guide aims to provide essential information for individuals in Indiana, including filing tips, Indiana laws protecting those with disabilities, and how to appeal denied claims.

In Indiana, a significant number of individuals face disabilities that impact their daily lives. As of the latest data, nearly a third of Indiana adults live with a disability — about 1,457,378 people.

Quick Tips for Filing a Claim

Filing a disability claim can be a complex process, but with the right approach, it can be made easier. Here are some quick tips to help you navigate the filing process effectively:

Gather Documentation

Collect all relevant medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans, and healthcare provider information.

Work History

Provide detailed information about your employment history, including dates, job descriptions, and earnings.

Complete the Application

Visit ssa.gov/apply to take the first step towards securing the disability benefits you are entitled to. The website has clear instructions and thorough information requirements.

Seek Legal Assistance

Consider consulting with The Ken Nunn Law Office for assistance with your disability claim.

Social Security Administration (SSA) Offices

To help individuals locate the nearest Social Security Administration (SSA) office, the SSA offers an online tool at ssa.gov/locator. While the option to find an office based on your zip code is available, the SSA strongly encourages the use of its online services, which offer added convenience and time-saving benefits.

By utilizing the SSA’s online platform, you can easily apply for disability benefits, file appeals, and track the progress of your application, all from the comfort of your own home. This eliminates the need for unnecessary visits to the office and ensures that you have all the required documents in hand before proceeding.

This flexibility allows you to efficiently manage your disability benefits journey according to your preferences and schedule, empowering you to easily take control of the process.

Indiana Laws Protecting Those With Disabilities

 Our experienced disability attorneys will educate you on all the laws in Indiana that protect those with disabilities in Indiana.

On the federal front, laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act establish fundamental rights for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and government services, guaranteeing equal opportunities and accessibility. The Fair Housing Act ensures that disabled individuals have equal access to housing, prohibiting discrimination in housing-related transactions.

At the state level, Indiana has its own civil rights laws that mirror and reinforce federal protections. The Indiana Civil Rights Law prohibits discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and public accommodations, ensuring that disabled individuals are treated fairly and afforded the same opportunities as others.

In terms of accessibility, both federal and state laws require adherence to accessibility standards in construction and renovation projects. The federal ADA Accessibility Guidelines and Indiana’s Accessibility Codes outline specific requirements to make buildings and facilities accessible for individuals with disabilities.

When it comes to employment, federal laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state laws enforced by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) protect disabled individuals from employment discrimination. These laws mandate equal opportunities in hiring, promotion, and workplace accommodations, helping individuals with disabilities to thrive in their chosen careers.

A Note on Long-Term and Short-Term Disability

SSDI benefits, provided by the federal government, are intended to assist individuals who have experienced a long-term disability and cannot work. On the other hand, STD and LTD benefits are typically offered by employers or obtained through private insurance. They specifically cover disabilities caused by illnesses or injuries that temporarily prevent individuals from working within a specific timeframe.

Long-term disability typically refers to conditions that last for an extended period, while short-term disability covers temporary impairments. The Ken Nunn Law Office can provide further insights and assistance on the specific requirements for both types of disability, including how they differ from SSDI benefits. Our attorneys can help you, whether you are dealing with a short-term or long-term disability or pursuing SSDI benefits.

Frequently Asked Indiana Disability Questions

We feel it is important that you know the frequently asked questions about disability benefits in Indiana.

Q: Can I appeal a denial of my disability benefits application?

A: Absolutely! If your initial application for disability benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process involves several stages, including reconsideration, a hearing before an administrative law judge, and further appeals to the Appeals Council and federal court if necessary. Seeking legal assistance during the appeals process can significantly improve your chances of success. Whether you are just beginning the process or need to appeal a denial, call The Ken Nunn Law Office for the assistance you need.

Q: Is it possible to maintain employment while receiving SSDI benefits?

A: In some cases, yes. SSDI benefits provide support for individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. However, there are work incentives available that allow you to test your ability to work without immediately losing your benefits. The Ticket to Work program and Trial Work Period are examples of these incentives. It’s important to understand the guidelines and limitations surrounding working while receiving SSDI benefits.

Q: What types of disabilities make someone eligible for disability benefits?

A: The eligibility criteria for disability benefits encompass a wide range of disabilities. The SSA considers both physical and mental impairments when determining eligibility. The severity of the disability and its impact on an individual’s ability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) are key factors. 

While there is a Listing of Impairments, also known as “the Blue Book” that provides specific medical conditions that automatically qualify for benefits, even if your disability is not listed, you may still be eligible by demonstrating the functional limitations that prevent you from working.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for disability benefits in Indiana?

A: To qualify for disability benefits, certain eligibility criteria must be met. These include having a severe medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or result in death. You also need to have earned sufficient work credits through employment covered by Social Security.

The specific number of work credits required depends on your age at the onset of the disability. Our office can provide detailed information regarding the eligibility requirements specific to your circumstances.

Q: What documents should I gather when applying for disability benefits?

A: When applying for disability benefits, it is important to gather and submit relevant documents to support your claim. These may include:

  • Medical records
  • Diagnostic results
  • Employment history
  • Personal identification
  • Financial records
  • Treatment records
  • Contact information

At The Ken Nunn Law Office, we know that the process can be overwhelming, frustrating, and time-consuming. That’s why having an experienced professional advocating for your rights and interests can give you peace of mind throughout the process and increase your chances of a successful outcome.