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Social Security Disability FAQs - Attorneys Serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Can a Providence Social Security disability lawyer help me? Should I apply for benefits in Massachusetts? What should I do if my disability claim is denied in Rhode Island?

These are a few of the big questions our Social Security Disability attorneys in Providence hear. We understand how important these questions are to people facing disabling injuries or illnesses. We also know there are many other questions people have about this important government program. Although the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) program is set up to help injured and disabled Americans, the process of obtaining benefits can be complicated, intimidating and confusing. To make matters worse, knowing what to do when facing a denied Social Security Disability claim can be all the more difficult.

At the Deborah G. Kohl Law Offices, we understand that you might have more questions than answers. That's why we've compiled the following list of frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability. If you don't see your question here, call us immediately at 508-677-4900. We want to hear from you and help you with your options. The Deborah G. Kohl Law Offices has worked one-on-one with countless Social Security Disability applicants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


Q:  Who is eligible to receive Social Security Disability?
A:  The government has a strict definition of disability that must be met to collect benefits. The Social Security Administration does not give money to people with partial or short-term disability. Generally speaking, you may be eligible for SSD if you've been physically injured in an accident, disabled due to illness or disease, or have a disability that's expected to last at least one year or result in death. In other circumstances, people who became disabled before age 22, due to military service, or after a husband or wife died may be eligible to collect benefits.

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Q:  When do I apply for SSD benefits?

A:  If you're disabled or you've sustained a serious injury or have been diagnosed with a debilitating illness expected to last more than a year, you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits immediately. Before applying, it's important to remain mindful that the Social Security Administration requires you to meet very particular standards through medical proof and other criteria. Visit your doctor first to learn about the extent of your disability. If you're expected to recover in less than year, you have no reason to apply.

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Q:  Do I need an attorney to file for SSD benefits?

A:  Technically, no. However, hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer can dramatically increase your chance of filing a successful claim. An experienced attorney who understands the system inside and out can help prepare your application, gather essential documents, and ensure that strict deadlines are met. Most applicants are unaware of the work and preparation that go into a seemingly simple application. This preparation is essential - especially given that more than two-thirds of initial claims are denied throughout the United States.

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Q:  My SSD claim was denied. Can I file an appeal?

A:  Yes. With the help of an experienced SSD attorney, you can file an appeal if your claim is denied. Initial appeals, known as "reconsideration," must be filed within 60 days of receiving a denial notice and require thorough preparation. If a claim is denied in the reconsideration state, applicants may be asked to appear before an administrative law judge, face review from the Appeals Council, or in some cases, file lawsuit in Federal court.

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Q:  How much does a Providence Social Security Disability lawyer cost?

A:  Our Social Security Disability attorneys in Providence and Fall River work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if we win your case for you. At the Deborah G. Kohl Law Offices, we believe that Social Security Disability applicants have the right to receive legal guidance and representation without fear of out-of-pocket expenses. From the moment you contact us for your initial consultation until a favorable verdict or settlement is reached, you won't owe us a dime. Contact us today. Call 508-677-4900.

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