Social Security Disability Lawyers in Boston
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are an important lifeline to millions of Americans who can no longer work because of a disability or severe illness. Unfortunately, the process for getting these important benefits is complicated.
Having one of our experienced Boston Social Security Disability lawyers by your side throughout the process can help ease the burden from your shoulders and may greatly improve your odds for getting approved. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with Janet, Jenner & Suggs today to learn more about how our knowledgeable team can help you.
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Eligibility for Disability Benefits
When applying for SSD benefits, there are a number of requirements an applicant must meet in order to be approved for benefits. First, the applicant must be suffering from a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) strict definition of disability.
In order to be considered disabled, you must:
- Be unable to perform any type of work you have held before
- Be unable to adjust to another form of work because of your medical condition
- Have a disability that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or until death
The SSA also maintains a “blue book” of disabilities that automatically qualify for benefits if the applicant exhibits the required symptoms listed in the book. Although having one of the listed disabilities may make it easier to get benefits, it is possible to get the benefits you need even if you do not meet one of the listings.
Our Boston Social Security Disability lawyers have helped numerous individuals get the benefits they needed and can guide you through the entire process. We can help collect your medical records and make sure that your application is complete and accurate to improve your chances for getting benefits.
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Types of Disability Programs
The Social Security Administration has two different programs that provide benefits to disabled individuals. Although applicants for both programs must meet the SSA’s strict definition of disabled, there are additional requirements that are unique for each program.
- Social Security Disability Insurance: SSDI is an earned benefit that requires applicants have worked in a job that payed money or taxes into Social Security. Applicants must have earned a specific number of work credits in order to be eligible for SSDI. Work credit requirements are based on your age and the amount of time you have worked.
- Supplemental Security Income: SSI is a needs-based program that provides benefits to the elderly, blind and lower income disabled individuals. The SSA places strict limitations on the amount of income an individual can have when applying for and receiving SSI benefits.
If you are unsure about which program you qualify for, our Boston Social Security Disability lawyers can advise you of the program that best fits your circumstances. We are knowledgeable in all of the requirements of applying for disability benefits and can help you get the benefits you need.
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Appealing a Denied Claim
Unfortunately, the majority of applicants will be denied disability benefits the first time they apply. Often a simple error or missing piece of information will cause your claim to be denied.
It is important that you do not give up if your claim is initially denied, as many applicants are later approved for benefits after an appeal.
There are four stages an applicant can go through in order to appeal a denied claim:
- Request for reconsideration
- Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Appeal in federal court
Having an experienced attorney by your side is vital throughout the appeals process, which can become very complicated. Our Boston Social Security Disability lawyers are familiar with each level of the appeals process and the many deadlines and requirements of each step. We can greatly improve your chances of being approved for benefits compared to going through an appeal on your own.
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Contact Our Boston Social Security Disability Lawyers
Whether you are considering applying for disability benefits for the first time or if your claim has already been denied, you should consider scheduling a free, no obligation consultation with our Boston Social Security Disability lawyers.
We can help ease some of the stress of applying for disability and may also improve your odds of getting the benefits you need. We will build your claim for you by gathering all of the necessary medical evidence, work records and other documents and will make sure they are submitted accurately and on time.
Contact Janet, Jenner & Suggs today to learn more about how we can help you. We charge no fees unless you receive compensation.