Q I was denied Massachusetts Social Security disability benefits, even though my disability makes it impossible for me to work—or even leave the house without some assistance. I don’t get it! What should I do?
We hear this same question from many clients, and it is a very valid one. You have to wonder: If the Social Security disability program is designed for people like you, then why can’t you take advantage of it?
The answer is not a simple one, but there are some things you can do to improve your chances of being approved:
- First, find out exactly why you were denied. There are many reasons for denials, but the most common one is inadequate medical evidence. Examiners are looking for absolute proof that your condition makes it impossible for you to work and that your condition has lasted or will last at least 12 months.
- Next, make the decision whether to reapply or appeal. As Social Security disability specialists, we suggest that you appeal. Your chances of being awarded benefits go up when you appeal instead of filing another claim.
- If you decide to appeal, get some help. About 80 percent of all claimants use a representative to file their appeals. This representative can be a friend, a family member, or a disability lawyer. Obviously, your chances increase with the amount of experience and knowledge of disability law your representative has. Because the SSA disability appeal process can take a year or more, an attorney will have the skills to make sure that no time-consuming mistakes are made and that your case is decided as quickly as possible.
If you would like a free case consultation, call the Massachusetts disability specialists at Keefe Disability Law today, toll free, at 888-904-6847. Attorney John Keefe has helped many New Englanders like you.