Information You Need To Know About Applying For Social Security Disability
Few people anticipate suffering an illness or injury that prevents them from working. The disability can bring confusion and concern to anyone who depends on their paycheck to support themselves and their families. If you are unable to work due to a mental or physical illness, you may be feeling confused, hurt, angry or even discouraged.
Keefe Disability Law, located in the Boston area, represents individuals claiming Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
You may be reading this because you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits or have been denied benefits in Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Rhode Island. There is information that you need to ensure that you receive the best help in obtaining your monthly income and health insurance benefits.
Keefe Disability Law offers educational videos, articles and FAQs to assist individuals in making an educated decision about their disability claim. Request our free book "7 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim" or call our office for a free case review.
Do I need an attorney to help me win these benefits?
The disability attorneys of Keefe Disability Law help people dealing with all aspects of a disability claim, including:
- A person who needs help applying for Social Security Disability benefits through the government
- A person who has been denied after applying for Social Security Disability benefits
- A person who is waiting for a hearing to be scheduled
Whatever your situation or individual needs, it stands to reason that hiring a skilled lawyer would significantly increase your chances for success, whether you are claiming Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
You wouldn't try to treat your own broken arm, so why try to navigate the complicated world of a disability claim alone? Keefe Disability lawyers can help you file the application or claim, point out specific medical records to the examiner, handle the denial on your behalf, file an appeal for you, get and submit your medical records, ask your doctor to fill out a questionnaire for the judge, attend hearings, point out specific sections of your medical records to the judge and provide you with additional options you may not have known about.
Social Security lawyer John Keefe offers materials to help educate his clients and the community so that they can be knowledgeable and proactive during their claim.
Let's take a look at the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
What is Social Security Disability Insurance?
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD) is a government-based program that provides benefits of monthly income and health insurance to those who have worked and paid into the Social Security system but who can no longer work due to a physical or mental condition. If approved, the recipient will receive money from the government each month in addition to health insurance.
It is important to note that in order to receive these benefits, a person must be unable to work at any job for at least 12 months - this includes a job that may be easier and/or pay less than your current or most recent position.
Applicants for Social Security Disability must be at least 18 years of age and have medical records to prove their disability and inability to work. After the age of 65, workers no longer have to prove their disability and can apply for Social Security retirement, a benefit provided to the elderly in the United States.
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Supplemental Security Income is a government-based program that provides benefits to those who cannot work due to a physical or mental condition. In addition to showing that you are unable to work and meeting all the disability determination requirements described above for Social Security Disability Insurance, a claimant for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) must also show financial need. This involves reporting all income and assets to Social Security and being found to qualify by reason of financial hardship under Social Security's regulations.
What makes Keefe Disability Law different from other attorneys and non attorney representatives in Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Rhode Island?
Keefe Disability Law does just that - disability law. It is the only work we do. We have over 17 years of experience in helping those with disabilities and we are very familiar with Social Security's procedures and the great variety of medical reasons why people become unable to work.
Don't Give Up! Social Security's statistics show that as many as 35 out of 100 who apply give up along the way. If you have not applied, we can help you with that. Let us do the application for you. If you get denied, don't get discouraged and don't give up. Don't let a confusing application process or denial influence the rest of your life. Get the information you need to know about Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits by talking to the lawyers at Keefe Disability Law.