Claiming social security benefits when you are disabled can be a daunting process, especially if your claim is initially denied. Boston social security attorney Smith and his team of attorneys have helped his clients claim social security disability benefits for over 15 years. He understands the lengthy and complex nature of the social security claims process. He can provide the comprehensive representation you need to obtain your disability benefits. Please contact us today if you need help with your social security matter.
If you have a long-term disabling condition, you may be able to receive social security disability income (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI) benefits. You can apply for SSDI benefits online; however, you must apply for SSI benefits at the local Social Security Administration (Administration) office. If you qualify for SSDI, the information in your application can be used to initiate the SSI process. A representative will contact you to obtain any additional information the Administration may need to determine if you also qualify for SSI.
It is important to apply for benefits soon after you become disabled, since it may take anywhere between three to five months to process your application. You will need to provide information about:
After you complete your application, the Administration will review it and let you know if it needs additional documentation, or if any of your family members may also qualify for benefits. It will forward your application to the local Disability Determination Services office. The office will review your application and determine if you meet the federal definition of disabled.
If your application is approved, you will begin receiving benefits starting on the sixth month after you became disabled. Your case will be reviewed periodically to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for each program.
If your application is denied, or if at any point the Administration determines that you are no longer disabled, you can initiate the appeals process:
Fighting a denial of your claim can be a stressful and lengthy process. An experienced social security lawyer can answer your questions and offer you the representation you need to appeal a denial of your claim.
Boston social security lawyer Michael O. Smith has extensive experience in social security matters. Mr. Smith has provided numerous clients with the aggressive representation they need to appeal denials of their SSDI and SSI claims. He can review your case and explain every step of the appeals process. He will work to get the medical documentation and support you need to make your claim for benefits. If you need assistance in your social security disability matter, call our office at 617-263-0060. You can also reach us online and we can arrange an initial consultation at no cost to you. We have offices in Boston
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