Social Security Disability (SSDI) LAW

The process of applying for and obtaining disability benefits can be overwhelming, confusing, and discouraging. We will work with you to give your claim the best chance to succeed.

You will have an attorney with decades of experience on your side, and one who will fight to get you the benefits you deserve. You Pay No Attorney Fees Unless We Win. Our fee is contingent on your success.

Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you have worked long enough and paid your Social Security taxes.

This is a program that you have paid into with every paycheck you earned. You also must meet the SSA's definition of disabled and your disability must prevent you from doing any type of work that you are qualified to perform.

Are you Eligible for SSDI Benefits?

SSDI stands for social security disability insurance and it is an earned benefit. This means that workers pay money into the social security system through their payroll taxes. In turn, you are eligible for benefits in the event you become too disabled to perform your job or engage in other employment. You family resources are not a factor in whether you can receive SSDI benefits. The basic eligibility criteria center around whether you have a sufficient work history, and whether you are disabled.

Applying for SSDI Benefits

The Social Security disability claims process in the South Coast or any area in Rhode Island or Massachusetts starts with the initial application. There are three methods to apply.

One may begin by going online to the Social Security Administration's website. One can go to the local Social Security Office. Finally, one can call the Social Security Administration's toll free number (at 1-800-772-1213).

Local Social Security Office

Located, for instance, in New Bedford at the Hastings Keith Federal Building or in Fall River on North Main Street; your particular local office can be found through the Social Security field office locator.)

The earlier you consult with a Massachusetts or Rhode Island social security lawyer such as Harmon & Robertson, P.C., that specializes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Social Security Disability Claims the better. The application process may take several months. Putting you case forward in its strongest light at the application stage may avoid having to go through the lengthy appeal process.

What If You are Denied

Even if you do everything right, your claim may among the many that are first denied. If your claim is denied, DO NOT GIVE UP. You have the right to request reconsideration.

Time limits are very important in SSDI cases, and reconsideration must be requested within 60 days from the date you receive your denial letter. If you appeal, your claim will be reconsidered by the agency.


The next stage of review is a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. This is your opportunity to testify in front of an impartial judge, who will consider all of the evidence in your case

It may also take testimony from a medical expert and/or vocational expert. The waiting time for a hearing varies, and it may take a year or more before your case is scheduled.