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Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you are a resident of Massachusetts and are disabled and unable to work, it is important that you seek legal advice from a social security disability attorney. Usually, Massachusetts lawyers who practice SSI also represent disabled clients in ssdi causes of action.

Supplemental Security Income lawyer

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are among the nation’s largest programs to assist individual suffering disabilities. Both programs are under the Social Security Administration and are available to individuals suffering disabilities that can meet the medical prerequisites, which are necessary to qualify for benefits.

To qualify to receive disability benefits by the Social Security Administration, the individual is required to have worked in an occupation that is covered by insurance through Social Security. Next, the individual must suffer a medical condition that falls under the disability definition set by the Social Security Administration. Usually, monthly benefits are paid to those unable to work at any occupation for more than 12 months due to the disability.

Ability to work at an existing job

To receive benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not require the disability to be permanent. In addition to obtaining legal advice, it is important to discuss the condition with doctors to determine if it is possible to return to work. Many times, discomfort, pain, or the inability to stand or sit for extended periods can limit the individual’s ability to work at an existing job, or any other job. Benefits obtained from Social Security Disability Insurance are usually available to individuals and specific family members when the disabled is insured. This means the individual worked a specific number of years while paying Social Security taxes. Alternatively, benefits through the Social Security Income program are paid to meet the financial needs of the disabled individual.

A List of Impairments

The SSA maintains a List of Impairments, describing medical conditions considered to be so severe that the individual is automatically determined to be disabled, as set forth by law. The agency, usually through a hearing, will determine if the individual is disabled based on their medical condition, or conditions, not on the list. Usually, the agency will determine if the individual’s medical condition is so severe it prevents them from performing their current occupation. If unable to work at that job, the agency will determine whether any other type of work can be performed based on limitations with the disability.

If Application is Denied

In order to receive benefits, medical and other necessary information will be collected by the agency to determine eligibility for benefits. In the event that the application is denied, the disabled individual can use the appeal process for review and evaluation of the decision to deny. Common reasons for denying an application include:

• Medical – The disabled person did not meet medical requirements. However, updated information on the victim’s medical condition might be required with additional doctor visits and tests for reconsideration.

• Non-Medical – The disabled individual’s application was denied for non-medical reasons.

Unfortunately, the majority of initial claims filed for SSDI/SSD (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) are denied. As a result, nearly every appeal will be heard by an ALJ (administrative law judge).

Hiring a MA SSI or SSDI disability attorney

Hiring a Massachusetts disability lawyer as an advocate is usually extremely beneficial to a successful outcome. With their extensive skills and familiarity with the Social Security Administration, the  attorney can develop a strong disability case. Through experience, the disability lawyer will understand exactly what the ALJ looks for in an application, and present it in a favorable light, ensuring that the applicant meets a particular medical condition.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10029.pdf