Q I have recently been denied Massachusetts Social Security disability benefits. I don’t really understand the appeals process, but I desperately need financial help. Should I contact a lawyer?
We think that appealing the denial is just about always the smartest thing to do. Up to 70 percent of initial claims are denied, and, sadly, many deserving claimants give up at this stage. Hiring a qualified New England disability attorney can greatly improve your chances for success.
If you received a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) saying you are not eligible for disability benefits, it is not the end of the road. In our experience, it is worth the trouble to appeal what may be an unfair decision.
To decide what to do, you might ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your disability included on the SSA “Listing of Impairments”? This listing can be found on the SSA disability website. It provides a complete index of all disabling conditions and explains how severe the impairment must be to qualify.
- Will your disability keep you from working for at least a year?
- Are you over age 55 or is your disability severe? These factors can greatly influence your chances of winning an appeal.
- Are you truly unable to work? The SSA will look at your condition and decide if you are skilled enough to do some kind of work.
- Did you find any incorrect information in your denial letter? You can challenge anything that is not factual.
Being denied SSA benefits is not the end of the road. If you want help with making the decision whether to appeal your Massachusetts disability benefit denial, call the experts at Keefe Disability Law toll free at 888-904-6847. We can help you sort out the sometimes-confusing SSA disability appeals process and get you on the right track.