Boston Social Security Disability Lawyer
SS Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and who is eligible to receive it?
If you meet certain work requirements and have a medical or emotional problem that will keep you out of work for 12 months or more, you can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. In other words, you don’t have to be retirement age to receive Social Security Disability benefits. If you’ve been injured at work, you may be entitled to disability benefits in addition to workers’ compensation. If the accident results in death, the spouse does not have to wait 12 months to apply for benefits. This is where a Boston Social Security Disability lawyer can help.
Determining eligibility for SSDI benefits, as our top-notch Boston Social Security Disability lawyers know, is a five-step process.
To determine whether or not someone is eligible for SSDI benefits, the following must be determined:
- If you’re working and making more than $1,040 per month, this may qualify as substantial gainful activity and you may be denied SSDI benefits.
- Claims are denied if the impairments are deemed to be non-severe, mild or slight, which means the impairments are not severe enough to significantly limit the work you’re capable of doing.
- The Disability Determination Service (DDS) has an official Listing of Impairments and will determine if yours are severe enough to meet or equal those standards.
- If your impairments don’t meet or equal any on the DDS Listing of Impairments, a reviewer will consider if they are severe enough to prevent you from doing your former job.
- If your impairments are severe enough to prevent you from doing your prior job, a reviewer will consider whether or not there is another job you could do.
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and who is eligible to receive it?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for disabled individuals and their dependents with limited income and assets. The SSI program is administered by both the federal and Massachusetts state governments, and each state has different eligibility requirements. The federal requirements, however, are the same and an applicant must meet all four to receive SSI benefits:
- You must be either older than 65, blind or disabled.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must have little or no monthly income.
- Your assets – minus your home and car – cannot exceed $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a married couple.
If you qualify to receive SSI benefits, the amount of your monthly payments will depend upon your marital status, your disability and where you are living.
If you’ve been denied disability benefits, you can appeal both in writing and in front of an administrative law judge. Quite often it takes an in-person appeal in front of a judge to win a claim for disability benefits.
70 percent of all applications are denied
Social Security’s rules and regulations are very detailed and complex; unless you have a real understanding of them when you apply, you will likely be denied. In fact, close to 70 percent of all applications are denied. This is why it is very important to have an experienced Social Security lawyer in Boston help you navigate the bureaucracy and improve your chances of success.
If you are no longer able to work, let attorney Tim Pope and his team work for you.
Over the last several years, Tim Pope, the head of our Social Security Disability Group, has been traveling throughout New England representing clients before the Social Security Administration. He has successfully received benefits for clients in every state he has argued. With more than 1500 disability hearings under his belt, Pope has the experience to answer any issue or question that arises.
It just makes sense to have an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in Boston take the time to explain the laws, guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf for any future or retroactive benefits you may be entitled to. Our personal injury lawyers know the judges and what to present in order to successfully get you your benefits. We can help with your initial application, your reconsideration appeal or your administrative hearing.