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At Rob Levine & Associates, our attorneys are experienced when it comes to Social Security Disability claims. Contact our office to find out how we can help you win your SSD claim. Consultations are free, and we don’t get paid until you receive the benefits you deserve.

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HOW AN EXPERIENCED SOCIAL SECURITY LAWYER CAN HELP

According to the Social Security Administration, 1 in 4 people will become disabled before the age of retirement. That being said, there is a real chance that you or a family member may have the need to apply for Social Security Disability at some point.

SSD provides a safety net to individuals and their dependents when they are no longer able to work due to illness or serious injury. It is paid for by funds earned by American workers through their taxes paid. It would only seem fair that when the time comes, and there is a need for coverage, that a person would automatically qualify.

Unfortunately, this is not at all the case. There is still a process requiring approval by the Social Security Administration in order to receive these benefits. The Social Security Administration will typically deny your claim on the first submission, and because many applicants are not familiar with this daunting process or what information to submit, they get discouraged after the first try and give up. Even if you go back and try a second time, it is very likely that your claim could be denied without the help of an attorney. This is a difficult challenge when you are trying to manage living expenses and you cannot work.

An attorney like Rob Levine can help.

HOW A BOSTON DISABILITY LAWYER HELPS YOU CLAIM SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

1. Builds a strong, well-developed case based on medical records.
2. Ensures that all paperwork is completed accurately and on time.
3. Presents preliminary data to a judge to potentially avoid time-consuming hearings.
4. Assists you in preparation for a hearing if deemed necessary by a judge.

You do not want to go through this process and face a judge alone! You don’t have to. Our Boston Social Security disability lawyer will stand by your side to fight for the right to benefits that you have worked so hard to earn.

There is no upfront cost to you. Contact the office to speak to an SSD attorney in Boston right now.

FAQs About Your

SSDI Case

What is a compassionate allowance?
In order to decrease the decision time for a claim, the SSA has identified a list of conditions that have already met their standards for disability benefits. This initiative was created to help those with serious disabilities by simplifying the process. There are two ways your condition will qualify you for benefits under the CAL Initiative.
  • If you have a listed illness or disease that is the same as listed in the schedule of diseases listed on the SSA website, you may automatically qualify for benefits.
  • If your disability has the same signs and symptoms as a disease listed on the schedule under the CAL Initiative, then you may qualify for benefits as well.
 
Can I receive SSI and SSDI benefits at the same time?
In order to receive concurrent benefits, there are going to be two separate tests. The standard to receive benefits medically is the same in both programs. The difference between the two programs is your work history and income level. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have worked for the last five years and paid into the Social Security system. If you qualify for SSDI and your monthly compensation is less than the maximum amount, currently $783, you could be eligible under the SSI program. Remember, you must qualify for each one individually. In order to qualify for SSI, you must not have income greater than the maximum nor can your net worth be greater than $3,000. This looks at both your income and your household income. For example, if you were receiving $500 for SSDI, you could qualify for $283 under the SSI program.
Why do I need a lawyer to help me apply for SSDI?
Hiring an attorney to help you with your Social Security Disability application is beneficial as it can decrease the length of time it takes for you to get an approval. Their experience in these cases allows them to know what information and documentation you need to receive the maximum amount of benefits.
What happens if my SSDI claim has been denied?
There are two reasons for the denial. The first is that the SSA indicates that you are not qualified for either the SSDI or the SSI program, or both. This is based on your work history, your household income, and your net worth. Generally, unless you believe they are making an error as to what you paid into the social security system or your income level, this is not something that attorneys generally appeal. The second is that the SSA determines that you are not medically qualified for benefits--meaning they believe that you are able to perform gainful employment or your medical condition doesn't qualify. This could be grounds for appeal.  There are four levels of appeal at the administrative or agency level. In order of application, you begin by filing an initial claim. You then file for reconsideration, you then go before an administrative law judge for a hearing, and finally, you can appeal the administrative law judge's decision before the appeals council. You can be approved or denied at any of those four levels. After you have exhausted all four agency levels, you can either start your application over and remain at the administrative level by filing a new initial claim. Or, you can file an appeal by the appeals counsel leaving the agency level and appealing to the federal district court.  
If I don’t have enough work history, or any at all, can I still receive benefits?
Although you may not be able to receive SSDI benefits, you can still apply for Supplemental Security Insurance. Since this is a program based on financial need, you can qualify for these benefits if you do not exceed the Social Security Administration’s limit for income and/or assets.

7 Secrets of a Disability Lawyer Win Your Social Security Disability Claim If you’re one of the 8.6 million American workers who are unable to work because of a physical or psychological condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income.
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