Help! My daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, an autistic disorder. I thought I would be able to work, but I need to stay at home and care for my child. I applied for SSI in Boston but I was denied. What can I do now?

Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Massachusetts on behalf of a child can be enormously difficult. There are many factors that you must demonstrate to the Social Security Administration in order for it to approve your application. Juggling all of these factors can be confusing. One small mistake on your application, and you may be denied.

Some of the factors that go into consideration when deciding whether or not to provide your family with SSI are the following:

  • Your family income limitations
  • The resources available to your family
  • Your child’s abilities in acquiring and using information, completing tasks, social interaction, moving about on her own, caring for herself, and her overall physical health and well-being.

Although it may seem like you should automatically be provided SSI in this situation, the SSA may find a reason to deny your application. This is when working with a Boston SSI lawyer is so critical.

With help from an attorney experienced in disability law, you can review your application to find any errors or reasons for the denial. In addition, having attorney help allows you to file an appeal within the time limit that will increase your chances at having the denial overturned.

Contact a Boston SSI attorney at Keefe Disability Law to get started as quickly as possible on filing your appeal.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer