When an injury or illness leaves you unable to work, it can be difficult to know how the bills will get paid or how you can support your family. Fortunately, there are benefits available to individuals who have disabilities that keep them from returning to work.
At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, our attorneys help disabled clients secure Social Security benefits in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and states throughout the Northeastern United States. We can help you file an initial application or help you appeal a denied claim. Contact our offices in North Adams, Springfield and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, or Bennington, Vermont, to discuss your claim. Call 413-358-4652 or 802-681-4687.
Types Of Benefits
There are two types of benefits provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA): Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI benefits are available to individuals who:
- Have worked at least five of the last 10 years
- Have a qualifying disability
- Complete an application and submit it to the SSA
SSI is similar to SSDI, and many individuals receive both types of benefits. SSI is provided to those with low income who are over the age of 65, blind or disabled.
Does My Condition Qualify?
The SSA provides a comprehensive list of disabling conditions that qualify an individual for benefits. This includes conditions such as:
- Psychological disorders
- Heart conditions
- Neurological impairments, including autism and other mental disabilities
- Muscle disorders and bone conditions
- Respiratory conditions
- Stomach and digestive disorders
- Endocrine disorders and diabetes
- Chronic pain
These are just a few of the many types of conditions and disabilities that can entitle you to SSDI or SSI benefits. Even if your condition is not specifically listed by the SSA, you can still qualify if your condition is substantially similar to a listed impairment and keeps you from working.
Speak With An Experienced SSI And SSDI Attorney
We can guide you through the process and help you understand what it takes to qualify for disability benefits. Contact our law firm online or please call us at 413-358-4652 in Massachusetts, or 802-681-4729 in Vermont, to schedule a consultation with a lawyer. We have conveniently located offices and other meeting locations throughout Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont and regularly travel throughout the region to meet with clients.
All cases are handled on a contingent fee basis — you will not have to pay any attorneys' fees unless we win compensation in your case.