Boston Social Security Disability Attorneys

Suffering a serious injury or illness that results in disability at a time when you’re working to support yourself and your family can create seemingly overwhelming physical, mental and financial hardships. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two programs that provide benefits to help those who become disabled and meet certain qualifications: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you’re considering applying for SSDI or SSI, you likely know that it is a challenging and confusing process. The Boston attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have helped individuals and families from across Massachusetts receive approval for SSDI and SSI benefits. If you would like to know more about how we can help you pursue SSDI or SSI benefits, or if your previous application was denied and you believe you are qualified, please call us at 888-979-9323 for a free consultation.

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To learn more about SSDI and SSI, the differences between the programs, and how a knowledgeable lawyer can improve your chances for being granted benefits, please see the sections below:

SSDI and SSI Overview

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance

SSDI benefits are for those who are not of retirement age, but who have become disabled and have worked long enough to have paid Social Security taxes.

Successful applicants must have worked in jobs covered by the SSA and meet standards regarding recent employment and employment duration. SSDI pays monthly benefits to individuals and some family members, and it is designed to help people meet basic needs by replacing some lost income.

SSI is supplementary income for those age 65 and older who have a disability, including blindness, and little to no income. It is intended to provide money for basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.

SSI is based on financial need. In Massachusetts, as in other states, there are specific requirements regarding income and resources.

Defining Disability

To qualify for disability benefits, you must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled.” The SSA maintains a continuously updated list of qualifying disabilities. Additional factors in qualifying for disability benefits include:

  • Whether you’re currently working and how much you are earning
  • Whether your medical condition interferes with work-related activities
  • Whether your condition is recognized on the SSA’s list of disabilities or disabling conditions
  • Whether you can or will be able to do the work you did before
  • Whether you are able to do other types of work

Talking with an attorney who has experience in SSDI and SSI claims can help you determine whether you qualify and maximize the benefits you may be able to receive.

How an Attorney can Help with Social Security Disability Benefits

Most who apply for SSDI and SSI benefits are rejected; the approval rate for SSDI alone has hovered between 30 and 33 percent in recent years, meaning that about two-thirds of those who seek benefits are rejected. Being denied, however, does not mean that you don’t have a valid claim.

Many people who otherwise qualify for benefits are denied due to incomplete applications or mistakes in the complex application process. The Kiley Law Group has decades of experience guiding people through the SSDI and SSI systems, and helping individuals successfully appeal denied claims.

Contact a Boston Social Security Disability Attorney

If you would like assistance with your SSDI or SSI filing, or if you believe you were denied a valid claim, please call the Kiley Law Group today at 888-979-9323 for a no-cost consultation. Our lawyers have extensive success helping clients recover the disability benefits they and their families need.

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