Boston, Massachusetts is located along the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a population of over 600,000. Boston is an international center of higher education and a center for medicine. The city's economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and high technology.
The Social Security Administration reported that as of December, 2009 approximately 11, 810 individuals were receiving either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the city of Boston.
The SSA awards SSDI to those unable to work due to a “total” disability that will last for at least twelve months and/or result in death. Further, to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked in a job covered by Social Security.
If you received payroll checks where a Social Security tax (known as FICA) was withheld and have earned enough work credits in the last ten years, you would be eligible to apply for SSDI. If you do not have sufficient work credits or were employed in a job not covered by Social Security, you may still be eligible for SSI.
Apply for Boston Social Security Disability Benefits
Applying for Boston Social Security Disability benefits can be a rather daunting task. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies over 60% of Boston Social Security Disability claims. Oftentimes, a disability claim is denied simply because the correct medical documentation is missing or the paperwork is out of order.
Thus it would be in your best interest to hire a Boston Social Security Disability Attorney. A disability lawyer will ensure all forms are completed correctly and promptly while acting as your official representative before the SSA.
A recent report by the Office of Inspector General for the SSA stated that hiring a disability attorney early in the disability application process significantly improves your chances of receiving disability benefits.
If you have already applied for disability benefits and have received a denial letter, you have 60 days to appeal. Whether you are filing a Request for Reconsideration or Request for Disability Hearing, a Boston disability lawyer is a necessity.
Statistics show that more than 90% of Reconsideration requests are denied, but over 60% of claimants are awarded disability benefits at the hearing stage. Thus, the importance of hiring a Boston Social Security lawyer after an initial application denial cannot be underscored strongly enough. Disability attorneys will educate you about the application process, file the appropriate documents, ensure continued treatment with your physician(s), and prepare you for testimony before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the hearing stage.
Listed below are the local Social Security Offices where a Boston Social Security applicant can file a claim for disability benefits:
Boston Social Security Disability
O'Neill Federal Bldg. Room 148
10 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02222
Boston Social Security Disability Resources
In order to be awarded disability benefits by the SSA you must produce medical documentation that proves you are unable to work. This can be difficult, if you cannot afford to go to a doctor who can diagnose your condition.
Listed below are free/reduced-cost health clinics located in the Boston Area:
Brookside Community Health Center
3297 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02130
Fenway Community Health Center
Boston, MA 02215
Fenway Community Health Center
7 Haviland St
Boston, MA 02115
North End Community Health Center
332 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
Public Health Clinic
850 Harrison St
Boston, MA 02118
Your Boston Disability Claim
If you do not have the right medical documentation on file, you will be denied disability benefits. Before you file a claim for benefits, be sure to contact a Boston Disability attorney. Your attorney will evaluate your claim and will file all the paperwork on your behalf.
If you are denied benefits, he or she will also represent you throughout the appeals process.
The initial consultation with a disability lawyer is free and these individuals are only paid if you are awarded benefits. To learn more about hiring a Social Security attorney or to request a free evaluation of your case, click here.