Massachusetts Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is defined as a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program created by the United States government. In the state of Massachusetts over one million people have a disability, which means at one point or another, the people in this group may apply for Social Security disability.
This program was created to provide income supplements to those who are physically restricted in their ability to become employed due to a notable disability. Social Security disability can be instated on both temporary and permanent levels, which are normally directly correlated with the person’s level of disability.
In order to qualify for disability a person must have at least one of the following:
- A condition lasting a minimum of 12 months or may result in death
- A person is under the age of 65
- A physical or mental condition preventing them from partaking in any assertive activity
- Obtain a minimum of 20 Social Security credits in the last 10 years of onset of disability
After qualifying for Social Security disability one can receive benefit payments ranging from $1,000-$3,000 depending on a number of factors. These factors can range from disabled workers, widowers or widows over 60 and retired workers to disabled workers with a spouse and a child or a widowed mother with two children.
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A recent study on Social Security Disability showed that most applications for social security disability are processed in an average time frame of three to five months. These studies also show that these numbers can greatly very based on the number of applications being processed and the number being accepted at a given time.
With these figures in mind, there was another study done that suggesting that nearly 700,000 pending applications are being reviewed on a regular basis. This number extends the previous time frame of three to five months to over 500 days, in certain cases.
As many people are being denied on their first application, hiring a Social Security disability lawyer can greatly increase your odds of being accepted on your first attempt.
Many law firms in Illinois and throughout the United States offer free initial consultations to help determine if an applicant is eligible to receive such benefits. If in the case that someone is eligible, an attorney may often charge for their services once a successful verdict or settlement is obtained.
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Recognizing the high percentage of applicants that are being rejected during their initial application proves that the best option is to find a Social Security disability lawyer. You can start today by filling out the “Contact Us” form for a free case evaluation. This will also help determine if you are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.
In mostly all cases an attorney will not charge a fee until an applicant is eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. At the time at which a successful verdict or settlement has been made an attorney will then charge for their services.