Are you unable to work because of a disability? Get the answers you need on Social Security Disability to protect your rights

Keefe Disability Law has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions in response to the overwhelming number of people who need help with the Social Security Disability process in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. If you are disabled and need help with disability benefits, read on to learn how to protect your legal rights.

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  • I’m fairly new to the workforce but an accident has left me permanently disabled. How much time do I need to have put in at work in order to qualify for Social Security disability insurance in Massachusetts?

    When it comes to applying and qualifying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), there are many factors that are taken into consideration. Your time in the workplace is one of them.

    The first thing you must do is check whether or not you qualify under the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability listing. Some people who are permanently disabled are still able to perform other job functions, such as sedentary work. If you are, you may continue to work and cannot receive SSDI.

    The Role Length of Time in the Workforce Plays in Your Massachusetts SSDI Application

    The SSA uses a credit system to determine whether or not you qualify for SSDI. The longer you spend in the workforce, the more credits you earn. Credits are earned from annual income. That income can come from either annual wages or self-employment.

    Here are a few more important facts about how the credit system works:

    • Each year, you can earn as many as four credits. One credit is the equivalent of $1,200 of income. Under the current system, once you’ve earned over $4,800 in one year, you’ve earned the maximum number of credits available for that year.
    • Usually you need at least 40 credits to apply. Twenty of these credits must have been earned over the past 10 years to qualify.
    • Younger people may qualify with fewer credits. The SSA knows that disabilities sometimes happen before enough credits have been earned. That’s why some younger people may not need as many credits. For example, if you’re under 24 years old, you only need six credits earned over a three-year period. People aged 24 to 31 only need twelve credits over the past six years.


    The credit system gets very confusing. If you’re still not sure whether or not you qualify based on your years in the workforce, we encourage you to reach out to our Boston Social Security disability lawyers for more guidance on your specific case.

  • After my hip replacement surgery, I applied for SSDI in New Hampshire. They denied me because I did not meet the joint surgery listing. I’m worried! Is there anything I can do?

    Yes. After going through something as grueling and painful as a hip injury and hip replacement surgery, it’s heartbreaking to be denied. The financial support from the Social Security Administration (SSA) may be your last resort when it comes to getting the support you need after such a difficult experience. Getting approved can mean the difference between recovering quickly and suffering for years to come.

    What to Do After Being Denied SSDI in New Hampshire After a Hip Replacement

    The SSA requires that you demonstrate a few things when applying for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits after hip replacement surgery in New Hampshire. These include showing that you are unable to walk effectively and will not be able to walk effectively for at least a year. Walking effectively means the following:

    • You don’t need a cane, walker, or crutches to get around.
    • You can walk a block on an uneven surface at a reasonable speed.
    • You can climb down a flight of stairs using only one handrail at a reasonable speed.
    • You don’t need help traveling to and from work.
    • You can walk extended distances on your own at a reasonable speed, such as through the grocery store or on your usual errands.

    If you can’t meet all these criteria but were still denied, you should appeal. However, even if you can say YES to each of these criteria, there are options available to you.

    The SSA provides an alternative to meeting their stringent listings. This alternative, called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form, allows you to show the specific ways your injury has limited your ability to work. This should include how you are limited in doing sedentary work as well as manual labor.

    Filing these forms is not easy, which is why we encourage you to speak to the relevant professionals about it before submitting your request. Talk to your doctor about getting a detailed note about your condition, and then reach out to a New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyer at Keefe Disability Law to go over your application prior to submission. This will save you tremendous hassle and worry as you reapply.

  • I just found out that I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and will probably have to eventually go on Social Security disability. I’ve heard it’s hard to get. Can you tell me what kind of symptoms will qualify me?

    When it comes to qualifying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), the application process is not always easy. Even though you know how difficult it is for you to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires extensive amounts of evidence and the proper paperwork to approve your application.

    With Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, qualifying for SSDI in Boston can be a challenge. The SSA has not created a specific listing or category for this disease. In addition, because it is a genetic syndrome, you cannot qualify for SSDI based on the arthritis listing, even if arthritis is one of your symptoms.

    Qualifying Symptoms for Boston SSDI Benefits for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    To qualify, you must have severe symptoms from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. These symptoms can include:

    • Severe joint pain or joint dislocation
    • Skin damage and infections
    • Difficulty healing wounds
    • Back pain
    • Foot problems, including flat feet
    • Loss of some or all vision
    • Rupturing of the eyeball
    • Rupturing of a major artery or arteries in the organs or intestines


    Each of these symptoms can greatly limit your ability to work either in a physical or sedentary position.

    When you’re at a point when you need to apply, talk to your doctor as well as your Boston Social Security disability lawyer. Both of these professionals will help you put together your application in a way that shows the SSA what it needs to see to approve you for SSDI.

    Do you know someone who was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome? We encourage you to pass this article on to her so it can help her while applying for SSDI in Boston.

  • I broke my ankle pretty badly and can’t do most of the tasks I’m responsible for at work. I applied for Social Security disability in Boston but was denied. What can I do?

    It is not easy to get Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits for a broken ankle. That’s because the range of severity in broken ankles varies so greatly. While someone might not have a very severe break in his or her ankle, you could have permanent damage as a result of one mishap.

    Since the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your application for SSDI in Boston for a broken ankle, you will need to verify that you meet the criteria put in place for broken bones, and then appeal your denial.

    Do You Qualify for SSDI in Boston for a Broken Ankle?

    In order to show that your broken bone is severe enough to prevent you from working, there are a few things you need to provide:

    • An X-ray to show that your bone will not heal. The radiograph should show that the two main broken areas are not fused back together, even after the healing process is over.
    • A physical exam that determines your bone is not healing properly. This exam is performed by your doctor and requires that he confirm that he can feel that the bones have not healed properly.
    • Inability to walk normally. This must last for at least 12 months.


    If you meet one of these criteria, you can submit an appeal. The appeal process is difficult and requires strict and detail proof of your disability.

    Because each case is so different and the appeal process is so stringent, it is important that you work with a Social Security disability lawyer in Boston when planning your appeal. This will help ensure that you submit all of the necessary paperwork so that you maximize your chances at receiving an approval.

    To start your appeal process, send us a note by using the contact form on this page. We will review your information and get in touch to provide you the best next steps for your unique situation.

  • I am having a really hard time working! My dizziness and other symptoms from A-fib are getting so bad it’s hard for me to do much. Help!

    Any time something prevents your heart from functioning normally, you risk side effects and complications. Atrial fibrillation, called “A-fib” for short, impacts your heart rhythm. If your doctor has diagnosed you with A-fib, the upper chambers of your heart might not be pumping blood as they are supposed to.

    Symptoms of A-fib

    Although the majority of the time people do not experience many symptoms of A-fib, some cases can cause individuals grief. Here are some of the most common symptoms you could feel as a result of your A-fib.

    • Dizziness
    • Palpitations
    • Fainting
    • Chest pain
    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty with heavy manual labor


    If you experience any of these symptoms, your doctor should give you medication to help. If that still does not work, you might need to use a pacemaker to keep your heart rhythm regulated.

    Getting SSDI With A-fib

    If your treatment works to control the symptoms of A-fib, you will not qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). However, if you have other symptoms that go beyond what the medication or a pacemaker can treat, you might qualify to receive SSDI. When applying, you would most likely have to apply under the disability listing for arrhythmias. This is how the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates abnormal fibrillation.

    Because of how complicated this condition is when it comes to receiving SSDI, it is important that you work with a Social Security disability attorney on your application. This will increase the chances that you will be approved and get the money you need. Fill out the contact form on this page and we will be in touch soon with more information.

  • I have a severe back injury that continues to get worse over time. My doctors can’t pinpoint the cause of it. Can I still get SSDI in Rhode Island for back pain?

    Back pain is one of the most common reasons people are unable to continue their jobs. From the moans and groans you make when getting up out of your chair after sitting for a long period of time, to the excruciating pain you feel anytime you lift something heavy, back pain is no laughing matter.

    Understanding Back Pain

    Your back is filled with small ligaments and tendons that hold your body together. When something goes wrong and your bones or muscles weaken, the pain you feel could limit your ability to perform the same tasks you once were responsible in your job.

    One of the most common reasons people give for missing work is back pain. It is not a condition to take lightly. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you have a specific diagnosis for why you are in pain.

    Here are some of the top causes of back pain that may impact your ability to work:

    • Nerve root irritation that carries the signal from your brain to your legs and arms
    • Strained back muscles
    • Injured joints, ligaments, or bones
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Injured vertebrae


    These injuries are often caused by strain on your muscles and ligaments, which can make it difficult to pinpoint a specific triggering incident. Regardless, your doctor should give you a diagnosis of why you are in such pain. This diagnosis will then determine whether you qualify for SSDI in Rhode Island.

    If you need more help with your specific application and symptoms, contact our office for a free consultation. We will go through your case and give you suggestions on how you can increase your chances of being approved.

  • Help! I recently lost a lot of my vision and now I’m considered legally blind. I’m no longer able to work. How do I show my vision loss on my Social Security disability application so I can get approved?

    No one can see what you see. As advanced as modern medicine has become, there are still limitations to how much a machine, test, or doctor can understand how you view the world. When it comes to convincing the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your vision impairment is so severe that it makes it difficult for you to work, it is difficult to know what you can show to help the person reviewing your application see the world through your eyes.

    In spite of this, the SSA has a few items that they use to help try to understand how severe your visual impairment is and how it impacts your life.

    What to Include in Your Application for SSDI in Boston

    Here are a few items that you must submit on your application to increase your chances of being approved:

    • An exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. This exam will measure your visual acuity. Based on your exam, your doctor will rate how well they think you can see. This rating plays a significant role in determining whether you qualify to receive SSDI.
    • A peripheral vision exam. This test is done without help of eyeglasses or contact lenses. In it, you will be asked to read letters from a chart. The results of this show the SSA the extent of your vision loss.
    • A visual evoked response test. If the SSA believes your loss is not as severe as you say it is, you might have to undergo extra testing. During a visual evoked response test, your brainwave responses will be matched to visual stimuli. This test is not common, but if you have undergone the test, submitting the results might help improve your chances at being approved.
    • Any diagnoses. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, or other types of diseases, you should include that in your application. This will help the SSA agent reviewing your application get a good feel for your medical history and what you have been through in terms of visual impairments in the past.


    The goal of your application is to help the person deciding whether you are approved or denied see the world through your eyes. By submitting all of your tests and medical diagnoses, you will paint a clearer picture of your health. Doing so makes it easier for the reviewer to understand the extent to which your vision loss impacts your ability to work.

    For more information about applying for and receiving SSDI in Boston for vision loss, we encourage you to read the related articles on this page.

  • I was recently diagnosed with a mood disorder. My symptoms can be pretty severe, but I’m not sure if I should apply under the schizoaffective disorder listing. Can you help?

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes the application process for SSDI in New England very difficult. They require you to meet specific listings. However, no two people have the same exact symptoms, job, work situation, or reaction to treatments. With that in mind, it is no wonder you are confused about which listing you should apply under.

    The first step in understanding how to apply is to determine what your symptoms are. By writing these down, you will have a clearer idea of which listing you meet, and how to fill out your application.

    Symptoms of a Schizoaffective Disorder

    The following are some of the most common symptoms of mood disorders that are considered disabling by the SSA. These are the symptoms that stand in the way of you performing your job to the best of your abilities.

    • Disorganized communication
    • Rapid speech that is difficult for others to understand
    • Extreme paranoia where you worry others might try to hurt you
    • Delusions of special messages hidden in various places
    • Difficulty focusing or remembering important details
    • Hallucinations
    • Severe mood swings
    • Trouble sleeping or concentrating on a regular basis

    Applying for Social Security disability insurance in New England is a tedious process. It is one that many people struggle with. Don’t forget that if you get denied the first time, you are not alone. Working with a lawyer can minimize your risk of being denied and help you get the benefits you need on your application.

    We encourage you to read our book, The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability, to help guide you during the application process even further. If you need any extra help, we are always available to answer questions and work with you to help you get the benefits you deserve.

  • I’m scared! The Social Security Administration denied my application for SSDI in Watertown because of my past work history. What can I do?

    Sometimes the Social Security Administration (SSA) will deny your application if they feel you are capable of doing work elsewhere. Often this is decided upon based on your past work history. Although someone will most likely testify at your hearing after a denial that you can do another job based on your past work history, there are ways around this.

    What to Expect at Your Disability Hearing in Boston

    When you go to your disability hearing before an administrative law judge, he will have the list of past jobs that you’ve held over the last 15 years. During your hearing, the judge will review each of your past jobs and ask you about them. Based on your answers, the judge will determine whether you are capable of holding another job, or if you qualify to receive Social Security disability.

    As you describe your past work experience, here are a few of the most important items to include that can help your case:

    • How long you spent learning the job, including any specialized training you needed
    • How long you held the position
    • Your specific job title
    • Whether you managed other people
    • The physical requirements of the job, including the use of any special equipment
    • The mental requirements, including if you worked with the public
    • Whether you were able to sit, stand, or walk whenever you needed to
    • How many hours you worked each week
    • Whether your employer offered you any special accommodations
    • Why you left the job


    Each of these answers will shed light on what your work experience was really like during each of your past jobs. Using your answers, the judge will determine whether or not you can perform similar jobs in the future.

    Having a lawyer by your side throughout the hearing is a smart idea. If you’re worried about your hearing, let us be there to support you. With our experience in these hearings, we know what will help, and what could hurt your case. Contact us today to schedule your pre-hearing appointment with a Boston Social Security disability lawyer.

  • I’m worried! I applied for Social Security disability in Boston for my scoliosis, but was denied. How can this happen, and what can I do?

    Being approved or denied Social Security disability for scoliosis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Some people with scoliosis only experience mild symptoms, while others have a more severe case that significantly limits their ability to work or perform daily tasks. To qualify, you must have a more severe case, and you must show how your scoliosis impacts your ability to work.

    If your case of scoliosis is severe and prevents you from working, you may be able to appeal your denial. To understand if this is the right decision for you, it is important to know what the Social Security Administration considers qualifying symptoms of scoliosis.

    How to Qualify for Social Security Disability for Scoliosis

    Before you submit your appeal, you’ll need to be sure that you can show that you have at least one of the following:

    • Pain, muscle weakness, or limitations in your mobility from a nerve root compression.
    • Severe pain, especially when you sit in the same position for a long period of time, due to inflammation of the membrane that surrounds your spine.
    • Chronic weakness or pain from narrowing of the spine


    If you have any of those symptoms, and you were still denied Social Security disability, you may be able to appeal.

    When you file your appeal, it is critical that you submit all evidence that shows specifically how your disability limits you from working. This means that you must show all imaging tests, detailed descriptions by your doctor of physical exams, and any records that show the treatment you’ve tried, and what you’re currently doing to limit your symptoms.

    Filing an appeal is not an easy process. If you’d like more information about what it takes to improve your chances of being approved, we encourage you to download our free report with the top asked questions about Social Security disability. If you still have questions, or would like more help, please reach out to us at any time during your appeals process.

  • I suffer from lupus and struggle to find a job I can do. I applied for Social Security disability in Boston, but was denied. What can I do?

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a complex listing for lupus. In order to qualify under its listing, you must show that you have very specific symptoms, such as fever, exhaustion, malaise, and weight loss, while also showing how these symptoms limit your ability to function in the workplace. If you were denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Boston for lupus, chances are your application was missing one of the criteria the SSA needs to see to approve you.

    Medical Evidence to Submit in Your Appeal for SSDI in Boston for Lupus

    Although you were denied, you still have an opportunity to receive the support you need. Many people are denied in their initial application. When you appeal, you must submit medical evidence that shows you have been correctly diagnosed with lupus, and that you meet the specific criteria put in place by the SSA.

    The SSA uses the guidelines put in place by the American College of Rheumatology when making their determination. Therefore, according to current criteria for lupus, you must show that you have at least four of the following:

    • Renal disorder
    • Neurologic disorder
    • Hematologic disorder
    • Immunologic disorder
    • Malar rash
    • Discoid rash
    • Photosensitivity
    • Oral Ulcers
    • Arthritis
    • Sersitis
    • Antinuclear antibody

    When submitting your appeal, you must prove that you have these four symptoms through medical evidence, such as from blood tests, doctor notes, imaging tests, and more.

    Because the process is so tedious and the SSA requires very specific criteria be met before approving someone for SSDI for lupus, we highly recommend you seek help from a skilled Boston SSDI lawyer who knows what the SSA is looking for and can help. Call us toll-free at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how we can help with your appeal process.

  • I just had major surgery on my knee. There were a few complications during the procedure and I’m no longer able to walk. This has significantly limited my ability to work. I applied for SSDI in Boston for my reconstructive surgery, but was denied. They said I need to be able to show that I am not able to walk effectively. What does that mean?

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) places strict guidelines on each of their disability listings. For people who have had reconstructive surgery on a weight-bearing joint, such as you had on your knee, the SSA needs to see that the surgery did not properly repair the damage. You must also show the extent to which you are still limited even after trying to repair the damage to your joint.

    Showing Your Inability to Walk Effectively

    In your appeal, you must show that you cannot walk effectively. This essentially means that the SSA wants to see that you have a disability that limits you in your job. Some of the ways that you may be considered unable to walk effectively include:

    • Using some system of support to get around, such as a walker, or two crutches.
    • You are forced to walk at an unreasonably slow pace to perform daily tasks, such as grocery shopping.
    • You have difficulty walking on uneven surfaces at a reasonable pace.
    • You are limited in how many stairs you can climb and how quickly you can climb with the help of a handrail.
    • You require assistance in getting to and from work.

    Guidelines like these may seem straightforward, but demonstrating them to the SSA in a way that will allow you to be approved for SSDI in Boston for reconstructive surgery is not easy.

    Working with a skilled SSDI lawyer in Boston can help. By putting the experience with and the knowledge of the Social Security system to work on your appeal, you can increase your opportunity to be approved. Let us know if you meet these criteria and would like help filing your appeal by filling out the contact form on this page.

  • I recently found out that I’m severely anemic. My anemia has made it difficult for me to go to work or to remain on the job throughout the day. I feel exhausted and have constantly had to call in sick. One of my coworkers told me that I might qualify for SSDI in New Hampshire for anemia. Is this true?

    Anemia can have a serious impact on your ability to work. From being extremely fatigued to having shortness of breath and not feeling well, it makes sense that you are not be able to perform the job you once used to.

    As with any illness, the symptoms affect every person differently. In order to qualify for SSDI in New Hampshire for anemia, you must meet the criteria put in place by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

    How to Qualify for New Hampshire SSDI With Anemia

    The SSA lists anemia as a disability. Under their requirements, you must meet the following criteria in order for your application to be approved:

    • Consistent red blood cell count of 30 percent or less
    • An average of at least one blood transfusion every two months

    If you are unable to meet those criteria, you may also qualify based on other impairments caused by anemia. These impairments include any heart disease complications that are impacted by your anemia, or any difficulties you have with breathing that may be listed under respiratory listings.

    Knowing whether or not you qualify can be very difficult. It is strongly advised that you seek the help and guidance of a New Hampshire Social Security disability attorney for help with your application. By working with a lawyer from Keefe Disability Law, you can maximize your chances at being approved for Social Security disability. We will help you put together your application and find out which listings you qualify under so that you can give the most clear and detailed information to the SSA as possible making it easier for you to be approved.

    Call us today at our toll-free number, 888-904-6847, to get started.

  • I have a few mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. I applied for SSDI in Boston and was told to fill out a mental RFC form. What is this form, and how can I fill it out so that I increase my chances of being approved?

    Mental illnesses can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to perform regular activities at your job. However, when it comes to documenting the disabling symptoms of these disabilities, you may find that it is not all that easy. In many cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA), or your Social Security disability lawyer in Boston may advise you to fill out a mental Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form.

    Understanding a Mental RFC Form

    The mental RFC form is used to look at the type of activities that you are still able to do in spite of your mental disability. The SSA uses the information from this form to decide if you are able to continue working in some capacity in your field. When filling out this form, there are a few things to keep in mind.

    • Comprehension and memory. The SSA will consider your ability to understand and carry out certain instructions. If your memory is limited by your mental illness, or you cannot understand basic instructions, you may are limited in the work you can perform.
    • Social capabilities. Many jobs require some level of social interaction. If you struggle to interact appropriately with people, ask for help, accept feedback, or avoid engaging in distracting behavior, you may not be able to perform lesser skilled tasks at your job.
    • Focus and concentration. Most jobs require that you focus on the work at hand. This requires you to be able to pay attention for longer periods of time. If you are significantly limited in your ability to do this, the SSA may determine you are not able to work.
    • Adaptation to various environments. Work environments can be stressful. The SSA will also use the RFC to consider how well you can adapt to changing environments that have the potential to be stressful.

    There is a lot that goes into your mental RFC form, and we advise that you seek help from someone experienced with this type of form. At Keefe Disability Law, we understand what the SSA is looking for, and how you can increase your chances of being approved after submitting an RFC. We encourage you to reach out to us by phone at 888-904-6847 to schedule an appointment with a Boston Social Security disability lawyer to discuss your options in more detail.

  • I had a stroke, but my doctor said it was a fairly mild stroke. I suffered some permanent damage, and now have difficulty grasping onto some items, which makes it difficult for me to write or work in my construction job. I applied, but just received a denial for SSDI in Boston after my stroke. What can I do?

    We are sorry to hear you were denied Social Security disability in Boston after your stroke! Strokes are a difficult condition because the symptoms and severity of the damages vary greatly from one person to another. Sometimes, if the disability was not cited clearly or if there was some confusion on the application, the Social Security Administration (SSA) might deny your disability claim even if you qualify under the listing for a stroke.

    Here are a few things you should start to do today to begin the appeal process for your claim.

    • Talk to your doctor. Many doctors know how difficult it is to get disability income after a stroke. Talk to your doctor and ask her to outline the specific medical damages you experienced after your stroke, and how they impair your ability to perform basic tasks, such as writing, lifting, pulling, or other important tasks for your job.
    • Keep a journal. Keep a journal of all of your symptoms. Make sure to write down when your symptoms prevent you from working, and what specific tasks you were unable to perform. This will show the person reviewing your appeal how the damages from your stroke limit your ability to work.
    • Fill out an RFC form. It may be a good idea to fill out a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form. This form shows what you are able to do on a regular basis in spite of the damages you suffered.


    Filing an appeal after being denied SSDI in Boston for a stroke is not easy. For help, or more guidance, call our office to speak to a Boston Social Security disability attorney about your application and appeal.

  • I’m concerned! I haven’t been able to work for a year and now I know that I must apply to receive SSDI in Massachusetts. I’ve heard this is really hard, especially because my disability isn’t listed as an impairment! How do I show my disability in Massachusetts to the Social Security Administration to increase my chances at approval?

    Every person is unique. The Social Security Administration knows this, and understands that not every disabled person will meet a specific impairment listing. That’s why Social Security officials developed a form called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form.

    When applying for SSDI, you must use this form to show your disability in Massachusetts. With the information you provide on this form, the person reviewing your application at the Social Security Administration (SSA) can determine what you are still able to do based on your disability.

    The person examining your application will search for work that you’ve done over the past 15 years. They will then determine the level of activity that you are capable of doing. Here are a few important things to remember when filling out an RFC:

    • Include all physical restrictions. If you cannot lift, carry, walk, or move as you once used to and this has stopped you from being able to perform the duties of your job, you must show this on the RFC. If you cannot work full-time, work regularly, or be productive on the job, then you may qualify for SSDI.
    • Include all mental restrictions. If you are no longer able to perform any sedentary work, such as working at a desk, then you must show this in your RFC. To do this, you should include anything that restricts you mentally, such as memory problems, inability to concentrate, emotional difficulties, or any other mental restriction that could prevent you from doing your job.


    Filling out an RFC can be difficult. We can help. Call us at 888-904-6847 to learn more about what a Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney at Keefe Disability Law may be able to do for you.

  • I’m worried! About six months ago I found out that my nerve damage caused by Bell’s Palsy is permanent. I applied for SSDI in Boston for Bell’s Palsy, but was denied. What can I do?

    We’re sorry to hear that Bell’s Palsy left you with permanent damage. Although rare, this condition can have serious consequences if the treatment does not work. Many times, the permanent nerve damage caused by this condition is enough to impair your ability to work in the job you once used to.

    Although a denial can feel hopeless, it is important to remember that the majority of people get denied when they first submit their application. Here are a few things you can do to help put together an appeal so that you can receive the benefits you deserve:

    • Obtain medical evidence. The first thing you’ll need to do is gather all of your medical evidence that shows the extent of your disability. This includes doctor statements, test results, treatments you tried, daily symptoms, and more.
    • Fill out a residual functional capacity assessment. Because Bell’s Palsy is not listed as an impairment, it is important that you show how the permanent damage has left you disabled. Filling out a residual functional capacity assessment shows the Social Security administrator reviewing your appeal exactly how limited you are in your job performance.
    • Work with a Boston SSDI attorney. Filing an appeal is a complex process. With help from an attorney skilled at helping people fight back against Social Security denials, you can dramatically increase your chances at approval.


    At Keefe Disability Law, we understand how frustrating it is to receive a denial letter in the mail. With our help, you can put together an appeal that will maximize your chances at being approved. Contact a Massachusetts Social Security disability lawyer to learn more about how we can help with your specific case.

  • My condition has progressed quite rapidly and I think it’s finally time for me to apply for Social Security in Boston for Huntington’s disease. How do I know if I qualify and what should I submit to show my disability now prevents me from working?

    We are sorry to hear that your disease has progressed so quickly and that you are no longer able to perform the job you once held. Unfortunately, this genetic nerve disorder has the potential of progressing faster at a younger age, which may be why yours has worsened more quickly.

    To apply for Boston Social Security for Huntington’s disease, you must have at least one of the following impairments:

    • Lack of coordination in at least two extremities that makes it difficult to walk or use your arms, hands or fingers.
    • Cognitive impairments, such as memory loss, personality change, or loss of IQ.
    • Difficulty performing daily activities, social functioning, concentration, or decomposition in cognitive abilities.
    • A mental disorder that has lasted at least two years and has not responded to any treatments or doctor help. This includes inability to manage basic mental demands.

    To show that these symptoms have limited your ability to work, you must complete a Residual Functional Capacity form. This form will help the Social Security Administration assess the extent of your condition and determine if you qualify for Boston Social Security disability for Huntington’s disease.

    Filling out that information can be very difficult and may require the help of a skilled Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney. Call us today to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your application.


  • I’m worried! After not being able to work for a few months, my doctor finally diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. What does this mean for me, and does hypothyroidism qualify me for Social Security disability in Massachusetts?

    Hypothyroidism is a disorder in your thyroid gland that causes you to produce too little hormone. This can have a significant impact on your ability to work, including causing extreme fatigue or mental sluggishness, muscle weakness, or a slowed heart rate. All of these can have a major effect on your ability to perform a variety of types of jobs, including sedentary work.

    Although the Social Security Administration does not provide a specific for hypothyroidism as a disability, there are many ways you may still qualify to receive benefits when you are no longer able to work. You can apply to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Massachusetts for the symptoms rather than for your thyroid disorder. Here are a few disability benefits that may be available to you depending on your symptoms:

    • If your hypothyroidism causes heart related conditions, you can apply under listing 4.00, cardiovascular system disabilities.
    • If your hypothyroidism causes depression, anxiety, or any other cognitive disorders, you may apply under listing 12.00, mood disorders.
    • If your hypothyroidism causes unexplained weight gain, you may qualify under listing 5.08, digestive systems.

    Although there are numerous ways to qualify, applying and being approved for Massachusetts SSDI for hypothyroidism can be difficult. It is a good idea to put the help of a skilled Social Security disability attorney on your side; that way, you can be confident you filled out your application fully and accurately to help you increase your chances at being accepted. Call us today at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how a Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney at Keefe Disability Law may be able to help.

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  • I’m a chronic alcoholic and now I’ve started to experience new problems because of this disease, including seizures and gastritis. I’m not sure if I can qualify for New Hampshire SSDI for alcoholism, so should I avoid mentioning it in my application?

    Although you should be honest on your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in New Hampshire, mentioning alcoholism is always something you should be careful about doing. Social Security Administration officials could deny you the benefits you need if they believe that alcohol causes your impairment.

    There are ways around this. If you need New Hampshire SSDI, alcoholism may not prevent your ability to receive benefits. For example, you may be able to receive benefits in the following situations:

    • If you no longer drink and have been sober for over 30 days, and your disability still limits you from working.
    • If drinking has no impact on your disability.
    • If you are in recovery and still suffer from your disability even in sobriety.

    The Social Security Administration denies approximately 80 percent of all initial claims. Putting alcohol use in your application can raise red flags and increase your chances of being denied. When you reach the drug or alcohol question, it is important to take care in how you answer. Still, it is critical that you answer your doctor’s questions and the examiners’ questions honestly.

    Because filling out an application with for SSDI is already so difficult, it is important that you work with a skilled New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyer on how to approach this topic in a way that will maximize your chances at approval. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you with your application so that you can increase your chances of getting the benefits you need.