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Springfield Massachusetts Social Security attorney Jon Abbott offers information and help with your disability claim
If you live in Springfield or elsewhere in Western Massachusetts and have applied or are thinking about applying for SSI or Social Security disability benefits, this website is for you. I know you have questions: “Am I eligible?” “How do I apply?” “How long does it take to get a decision?” “Do I need an attorney?” “How can I avoid mistakes?” “What should I do to help myself?”
In the 100+ pages of this website, I share some of the knowledge I have acquired in my years of representing Massachusetts Social Security disability claimants. I hope you find the information helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or would like my assistance with your SSI or Social Security disability case.
Special note: Here is a fascinating article you may like to read from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University entitled “Social Security Awards Depend More on Judge than Facts; Disparities Within SSA Disability Hearing Offices Grow.”
Want to know if you might be eligible for disability benefits in Massachusetts?
- You must satisfy Social Security’s unique definition of disabled. The simplest way to think about SSI or Social Security disability is this: Can I do any full-time job: 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, week after week, at a competitive pace and quality. If not, you may be disabled.
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- Sign up for my e-mailed Lessons on winning benefits available in the right-hand side of this page. These offer you instructions in brief easy-to-understand segments.
- Check the Library section below entitled Applying for disability benefits when you have . . . for information about how Social Security evaluates your specific medical condition. Potentially, you can qualify for benefits based on any medically determinable impairment if it prevents you from working. It is very common to have several medical problems and it is the combination of symptoms that can make you disabled.
- These two videos explain easy ways to prove how much (or little) weight you can lift frequently and how far you can walk without a rest:
Need information on applying for Massachusetts disability benefits?
- You can apply online, by phone, or in person.
Want to know how your Massachusetts disability benefits claim is processed?
- How Social Security reviews an application for Massachusetts disability benefits explains the three levels of review through which your claim will likely pass.
- If your application for Social Security disability benefits is denied after the first level of review, do not give up. Appeal. Advice for appealing a denial takes you through the process of completing the forms and submitting them to the Social Security Administration.
Need information about what will happen at your Springfield Massachusetts Social Security disability hearing? (Also applies to Pittsfield, Worcester and Boston Social Security disability hearings.)
- If you are seeking disability benefits, it is likely that you will have to testify before an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing. Fortunately, these are private and not Judge Judy type hearings. The judge will listen to your testimony and make an independent decision about whether to award you SSI or Social Security disability benefits. I spend a lot of time preparing people I help for their hearings.
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- See the articles in Your disability hearing for more about this stage of the disability determination process.
Learn how Springfield Massachusetts disability attorney Jon Abbott can help
- Even Social Security admits that people with disability attorneys are more likely to be successful. I meet with you personally, answer all your questions, and develop a plan to win your case. Follow this link to learn more about me.
- For a list of the things I can do to assemble and present the best possible case for you, read my article
Get assistance with your Massachusetts disability case
If you live in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, or Berkshire Counties in Western Massachusetts – or anywhere else in Massachusetts for that matter – and want assistance with your SSI or Social Security disability case, I can help.
Please provide a brief description of your claim using the form to the right, and I will respond promptly. Or you may contact me at:
Massachusetts disability attorney
Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1978
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives Sustaining Member
National Association of Disability Representatives Member and 2006 Man of the Year
30 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
PO Box 2368
Amherst, Massachusetts 01004
Free Consultations and No Attorney’s Fee Unless You Win.
I will meet with you personally—in my office or your home.