Disability and the Law: Legislation That Can Help You Get the Benefits You Need

The law office of Keller & Keller fights to get its clients Social Security Disability benefits when they cannot work on a regular basis. At Keller & Keller, we understand Social Security law and share this understanding with our clients. Various other laws can also benefit the disabled:

The Americans With Disabilities Act

The ADA requires that employers make “reasonable accommodations” to enable those with physical or mental disabilities to work. For example, if a cashier has trouble standing due to a spinal disorder, an employer should provide a stool so the cashier can sit at times (if the stool would not interfere with her job duties). If you suffer from a mental or physical disability that limits you in the workplace, you can ask your employer or a potential employer about these concerns and how the employer may be able to accommodate you. If you are unable to work, you can contact Keller & Keller to discuss Social Security Disability benefits.

U.S. Supreme Court Cleveland Case

Here, the Court explores the relationship between the ADA and Social Security Disability. The case shows why someone can be considered disabled even if that person could work with an employer-provided accommodation. For example, if someone needed an employer to accommodate him with a part-time work schedule, that person could still be considered disabled due to an inability to work on a regular basis.

The Fair Housing Act

This requires landlords to make reasonable exceptions to their rules so that the disabled have equal access to housing. For example, a landlord with a no pets policy may be asked to allow for a seeing-eye dog or other service animal. Landlords should also allow renters to make modifications to their homes so that they can comfortably enter and exit, like installation of handrails or a ramp. If you are disabled and renting a home, you can consider rule exceptions or modifications that your landlord could make. Not only could this improve your quality of life, it could help demonstrate the nature of your impairments to the Social Security representative who reviews your disability case.

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

This act, known as IDEA, generally requires schools to serve the educational needs of disabled students. For example, schools will design Individualized Educational Plans (or IEPs) for disabled students which outline their individual educational needs and set forth a plan for meeting those needs. In considering a claim made by a disabled child, the Social Security Administration will review the child’s IEP to assess the child’s limitations and make a disability determination. If you think your child may deserve disability benefits, you can consult with the school about an IEP if you haven’t done so already. You can also contact Keller & Keller to discuss the case.

The U.S. Constitution

The Constitution provides for “Due Process,” meaning that if your initial application for benefits has been denied, you have a right to hearing at which you can present your case and show why you should be considered disabled. The attorneys at Keller & Keller can be right beside you at your hearing, ready to fight for you and show the judge why you deserve the benefits that you worked for.

Contact Keller & Keller for Assistance With Your Claim for Disability Benefits

Keller & Keller’s disability attorneys are here to help you with your claim. Whether you need to file your initial application or you need to file an appeal, let our experience be your asset. From our office in Indianapolis, we’re proud to serve all of Indiana. Contact us here to request a free case evaluation.

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