Boston, MA 02222-1098
Massachusetts Area SSD Support & Resources
If you are disabled in Massachusetts and unable to work, you may be entitled to government benefits known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Did you know hundreds of thousands of MA residents are already receiving these benefits? As of December 2011 (the latest available statistics), over 194,000 disabled workers – as well as nearly 50,000 spouses and children – received SSDI benefits, according to the Social Security Administration. As of September 2012, another 183,310 Massachusetts residents received SSI payments.
If you are disabled and unable to work, MN Law is always ready to help. Call our Massachusetts offices at 401-274-7400 (Lawrence) or 401-274-7400 (Quincy) for a free evaluation for your case.
Why Choose MN Law Offices?
Clients across Massachusetts choose MN Law because we are “New England’s Trusted Social Security Disability and Personal Injury law firm.”
One of our satisfied Social Security disability clients had this to say about his experience with MN Law:
“When I left here it kind of felt like leaving my mom’s house after a good meal… very satisfying.”
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How to file a Social Security disability claim in Massachusetts:
The first step toward receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI or SSI) is to apply. There are three (3) ways you can apply for benefits:
- You can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
- You can file an application online by visiting www.SSA.gov.
- You can visit your local Social Security District Office (DO).
Massachusetts Social Security Offices
MN Law stands ready to help clients apply for SSDI or SSI benefits throughout Massachusetts. For your convenience, below is a list of MA Social Security offices in or near our law offices in Lawrence and Quincy:
439 South Union Street
Lawrence, MA 01843
367 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830-4091
151 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852
1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
4238 Washington Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
115 Freeport Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
Other Massachusetts SSD field offices are listed here.
Massachusetts & Disability Determination Services
Every state including Massachusetts has a “Disability Determinations Services” (DDS) office, which is essentially a state agency under contract with the federal government to make disability determinations.
Massachusetts has two DDS offices, which are located at:
Boston, MA 02111
340 Main St. Suite 500
Worcester, MA 01608
The DDS office determines who is approved for SSD benefits and who is denied. Decisions are generally based on medical evidence: medical and mental health records; all important “opinion evidence” from your own doctor(s); and the statements of the SSD applicant.
Be careful what you say. Before completing these statements, you may want to consult an attorney because the statements can make the difference between winning and losing.
Massachusetts Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR
The Social Security Administration (SSA) often denies claims at the initial or reconsideration stages. However, many truly disabled applicants are denied benefits at the initial review for reasons other than that they are not disabled. For instance, many times the SSA or DDS is simply not able to obtain your medical records. The attorneys at MN Law make sure this does not happen. We obtain your medical records so that SSA/DDS have all the information they need to approve your claim.
SSDI claimants can appeal the denial of their disability claims. Those appeals are considered by Administrative Law Judges at an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Massachusetts has three ODAR offices.
- Boston. The Boston ODAR office handles claims originating in the field offices of Attleboro, Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Dorchester, Framingham, Lynn, Malden, Norwood, Quincy, Roslindale, Salem, Somerville, Taunton, and Waltham (along with others). It is located at One Bowdoin Square, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02114. The telephone number is (888) 870-7573.
- Lawrence. The second ODAR in Massachusetts is in Lawrence. It is responsible for claims originating in field offices located in Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill. The office address is 439 S Union Street, Suite 301, Lawrence, MA 01843. The telephone number is (877) 405-9189.
- Springfield: The third ODAR in the state is located in Springfield. This office handles appeals of claims originating in the field offices in Greenfield, Holyoke, North Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield, and Worcester. The office address is 1441 Main St., Suite 450, Springfield, MA 01103, and the telephone number is (866) 964-5058.
The Administrative Law Judge who hears your case will review all the medical evidence on file, and will also usually hear testimony from you, a medical expert and a vocational expert. Your chances of winning at the hearing level are much greater with the experienced SSD lawyers at MN Law on your side. We know how to present cases to the Administrative Law Judges, how to cross-examine a medical or vocational expert, and how to WIN YOUR CASE.
Click here for a free online case evaluation, or call the experienced lawyers at MN Law for a free telephone or in person legal consultation today.