I was diagnosed with COPD several years ago and have continued to work at my job ever since. But, my health problems are growing and I am increasingly disabled. How difficult is it applying for disability in Massachusetts?

You have asked an excellent question. While applying for Massachusetts Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be done online, the amount of information and paperwork you must provide can be difficult to handle.

The SSA lists four steps in the application process:

  • Step One: Review the “Adult Disability Checklist.” This is a list of the information you will need to provide for the SSA to make a decision. It includes two lists: one for the disability application and the other for the disability report (medical information).
  • Step Two: Fill out the “Disability Benefit Application.” This online application form requires a great number of facts about your family, business and work information that should be collected ahead of time.
  • Step Three: Fill out the “Adult Disability Report.” This report requires detailed medical records that establish dates, doctors and treatments – everything related to your disease and its history.
  • Step Four: Complete the “Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration.” This gives the SSA permission to look at your personal information and to request more if needed. 

The SSA will also accept your application in person at your local Social Security office or even apply by phone. 

But, what you need to know is that this process most often results in long waiting periods and for most applicants, denial at the first attempt. 

If you feel that you would like help when you first apply for disability benefits, Keefe Disability Law has helped many people like you find their way through the process. Call us toll free today at 888-904-6847 to get your questions answered. 
John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer