Boston Social Security Disability Attorneys
Have You Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?
There are around 56 million people in the United States with at least one disabling condition. According to the CDC, approximately 22 percent of adults in the United States have some form of disability. Some individuals who are disabled may have minor conditions, while there are those who have severe medical problems that can interfere with their everyday lives.
If you or a loved one has been denied social security disability benefits, call the experienced Massachusetts social security disability lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group at 617-934-7000 for help. We will investigate your social security disability claim, and work to seek the justice and the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced social security disability lawyers in Boston will fight to make sure that you receive the best help to get those injured the compensation they deserve following an accident. We will make sure to hide you throughout the claims process and get you the benefits you deserve.
What’s the difference?
The social security administration (SSA) forms an important social safety net for those who are unable to earn a living due to their disability. There are two different types of benefit programs offered by the SSA, each provide a monthly income for the disabled.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – this is available to those who have earned coverage by working and paying into the social security system.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – this is a means-based program available to the disabled as well as the elderly.
SSI and SSDI are both meant to ensure that a disabled worker has the money they need to provide for themselves and stay out of poverty, with that being said, the social security administration has made the application process very difficult.
The reason they have made the process difficult and lengthy is to prevent fraud and make sure only those who are truly disabled receive the benefits provided. This stringent application process has initially denied millions who qualify, since the application process is so difficult, the Attorney Injury Group advises you to consult an experienced Boston social security disability attorney today at 617-934-7000.
Social Security Disability Insurance is an earned benefit; this means that workers pay money into the social security system through their payroll taxes in order to become eligible if they suffer a work injury. Family resources are not a determining factor when it comes to receiving SSDI benefits, unlike SSI. In order to meet the basic eligibility criteria, you have to have a sufficient work history.
Eligibility varies depending upon the amount of time you’ve worked, and how old you are at the time when you become too disabled to work. If someone is 24 when they are disabled, they must have earned six or more work credits within three years before they were injured. A work credit is earned once you have $1,160 in accepted earnings. The older you are the more work credits you need in order to better qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has a chart available explaining the number of work credits required at each age.
In order to be eligible, you must also meet the SSA’s definition of disabled and your disability must prevent you from doing any type of work that you were qualified to perform prior to an accident.
Defining Disabled for SSDI Benefits
The SSA will look at several different criteria to determine if you are disabled. Considerations include:
- If you are currently engaged in a substantial gainful activity (SGA). For those who are blind, you can earn up to $1,740 per month (as of 2013), before the SSA considers you to be engaged in substantial gainful activity. For those who do not meet the definition of statutory blindness, you may only earn up to $1,040 per month before you become disqualified for engaging in SGA.
- Whether your condition has or will last for twelve months or whether the condition will end in death
- Whether your condition is listed in the “blue book”
What if you are Denied?
You may find your initial application like a majority of those submitted is denied, even if you do everything correct. This does not mean you should give up; there is a four-stage appeals process including:
- A benefits hearing
- An appeal to the SSA review board
- Appeal to federal court
- Requesting for reconsideration
There are strict deadlines that go along with the appeals process. You want to make sure you have a solid argument for why you deserve benefits.
Getting Legal Help
When you can’t work due to your disability, it can take an emotional and stressful toll on you and your family. That is why it important to have someone on your side, fighting to get you the help, and financial support you need. Let an experienced Boston social security income or disability lawyer from the Attorney Injury Group fight for you.
The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one are in need of social security disability and have been denied call the experienced social security disability attorneys at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you.
At the Attorney Injury Group, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front and we don’t get paid until you do. Call today to learn how we may be able to help.
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