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Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is often a long process.  According to a recent news article from the Memphis Daily News, the backlog of disability benefits cases is now up to 1 million.

Boston SSDI LawyerThe waiting time across the country is now in the neighborhood of two years and people are reportedly dying as they wait for benefits.  All of those on the wait-list have had their benefits denied at least one time. Continue reading →

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Schloesser v. Berryhill

Schloesser v. Berryhill, a case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, involves claimant who worked as a dry curer in a meat processing plant for more than two decades. His job required claimant to lift more than 70 pounds on a frequent basis.

SSDI lawyerClaimant continued to work at this particular factory until he injured his shoulder and back from the years of heavy lifting.  In 2001, he had his left rotator cuff surgically repaired, and the following year,  he had a disc removed from this lower back. This procedure is known as a lactimectomy. Continue reading →

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In a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims case, there is a good chance a claimant will have to have a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).  At this hearing, there will likely be  a person known as vocational expert or “VE.”  There will also likely be a doctor who serves as a medical consultant for the ALJ and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

SSDI Claims BostonWhen claimant first files and application, it will likely be denied as are most applications. SSA has less money than it needs in its budget, largely due to political reasons, and stretches out the money in the disability fund by denying many qualified claimants and when the agency does award benefits, it takes as long as possible to do so. Continue reading →

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When we think of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), most people are actually more familiar with the Social Security Disability Program (SSDI).  This is the program for people who have a history of working and have paid taxes into the Social Security disability fund and are no longer able to work due to a disability.   This is typically not a disability due to a work-related injury or illness, because that would require the claimant to apply for workers’ compensation benefits and is not administered by the SSA, but rather by the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), which is a state agency.

Boston SSDI CasePursuant to 42 U.S. Code Chapter 7, which is the federal Social Security Code, Subchapter II, a disabled person is entitled to Supplemental Security Disability Insurance benefits if they are disabled and have earned enough quarterly credits to have paid into the system.  Continue reading →

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When you first file a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, you will be filing that claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA) office located in downtown Boston, if you live in our area. This is actually the office for the Boston region that includes other states in the New England Area.  We are fortunate to have a local office.

SSDI Claims Boston This application will be submitted either on paper or electronically and will include a description of why you are disabled, when you became disabled, and it will be supported by medical records as well as an opinion letter from a treating physician. Continue reading →

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Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits in Boston

There are essentially two types of disability benefits programs administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).  The first is the SSDI program.  SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, is called a Title II program, because the provisions governing this Boston disability benefits program are found in Title II of the Social Security Act.  This is also the section of the Social Security Act that controls the Federal Old-Age Survivors program, of which most people are familiar when they have worked all their lives and reach the age of retirement.

Supplemental Security Income Cases in Boston

Boston SSI casesIn addition to Social Security Disability Insurance, there is also the Supplemental Security Income, or “SSI,” program.  SSI is governed by Title XVI of the Social Security Act.  This program is official called Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled.  The program is designed to provide benefits for Americans who have reached the age of 65, are blind, or are disabled. Continue reading →

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President Donald J. Trump has vowed deep spending cuts across the board, save for the military.  However, Mr. Trump was able to win the election with the support of many working-class voters.SSDI

To garner their support, Trump made promises during the campaign to avoid reductions of certain federal programs on which many supporters relied – one of those being Medicaid, another being the Social Security Old Age and Retirement benefits and the other Social Security Disability Insurance.
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According to a recent news article from Disability Scoop, there is a bipartisan effort among some in Congress to make some changes to the Achieving a Better Life Experience bill more commonly referred to as the ABLE Act, or simply as ABLE.

workABLE was passed into law in 2014, and it was something that had never been done before.  It created a way for disabled Americans who receive government benefits to save a certain amount of money in special accounts without running the risk of losing their disability benefits. This includes Social Security disability as well as other types of benefits provided by the federal government.  This program does apply to Medicaid in certain situations. Continue reading →

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Over the past several months, we have been hearing a lot about an executive order signed by former president Barack Obama that allowed the FBI’s Brady background check system from having access to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) roles.   The theory behind this executive order was that too many people with mental health issues were being allowed to purchase guns, and some of these people were using these guns in active shooter situations where innocent people were being killed.

pillUnder the executive order, if a person is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance for a mental health condition, as many people are, the background check system will be made aware of it and can deny the potential gun buyer the right to purchase the firearm on the application.  This was largely supported by Democrats, who are in favor of gun control measures, and opposed by GOP members, who typically favor not placing many or even any limits on the right to purchase firearms. Continue reading →

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In the past couple of years, it has become popular for politicians to tell people that Social Security benefits, specifically the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, are entitlements programs for people that are too lazy to work.  They also like to say that there is rampant fraud committed by claimants who are not really disabled.  While there are obviously some instances of fraud, just like there are with any other program of any kind, this statement and the allegations that SSDI is an entitlement program could not be farther from the truth.

doctorThis issue and these commonly held misconceptions have been discussed and dispelled in a recent opinion letter published in the New Jersey Herald.  As discussed in the letter, whatever your opinion of welfare may be, SSDI is not welfare.  The reason for this is because anyone who works pays taxes into a specific fund that pays for disability programs run by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA).  In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must not only establish that you are disabled, but also that you have earned enough quarterly credits to qualify for benefits. Continue reading →