How to apply for Social Security disability benefits in Massachusetts

An application for disability benefits can be started with a telephone call to Social Security (1-800-772-1213) or a click of a mouse. ( If you call, Social Security sets you up with an appointment, either at a local office or by telephone. If you apply online, you complete the initial forms over the Internet, but some material will still need to be sent in.

A warning about completing Social Security forms

Many of Social Security’s forms have “yes” or “no” check boxes. However, the answers are often more complicated than yes or no. Consider a simple question: “Can you work? Yes [ ] No [ ]. What if the answer is: “sometimes, on my good days, but not when my pain flares up and I have to lie down?”

My suggestion: Apply by telephone. Ask them to send you the forms. Take plenty of time to answer each question completely. If you are comfortable online, apply online. Be sure you keep the “reentry” numbers they give you so you can return to the forms if you don’t finish them the first time – which you won’t!

My second suggestion: When they ask you about dates of medical treatment, do not worry about getting them exact. The medical records will have the exact date. It is more important that you list all the doctors who have treated you.

A better suggestion: There is much more to know, particularly in the area of tips to improve your application for Social Security disability benefits in Massachusetts. I would be delighted to talk with you, in person or by telephone. There is never a charge for these initial discussions.

If you hire me, I never charge a fee, unless you win benefits. For more information on how I can help you with your Massachusetts disability claim, see Why you should hire a disability attorney.

Help is available from an experienced Springfield Massachusetts disability attorney

Do you live in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, or Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts? If so, I am available to help. CALL ME. I ANSWER QUESTIONS. If you are not already represented by a Massachusetts disability attorney and want my evaluation, give me a brief description of your claim using the form to the right. Or you may e-mail or call my office at:

Jonathan Abbott
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

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