Worcester, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer
The Law Offices of Russell J. Goldsmith has been assisting the long term disabled in and around Worcester, MA area apply for and obtain the disability benefits they need to survive. Whether it be at the initial application level, a filing for reconsideration or moving forward with a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), MA Social Security lawyer Russell J. Goldsmith works hard to obtain the additional documentation necessary to prove your case.
At the Law Offices of Russell J. Goldsmith, we start by obtaining a detailed history of your circumstances, including a history of your illness/disabling conditions, the treatment you’ve been receiving, the work you’ve performed in the past (and the type of work you were performing at the time you became disabled), why you feel you’re no longer capable of working and what, if any, doctors you believe would help support the fact that you remain totally disabled from working any job for which you may be suited by age, education and experience. We then work together to move your case forward, whether it be assisting you with the initial application materials or the appeals documents that need to be addressed as part of your reconsideration or hearing request. We will look to see if we might be able to reopen any past application(s) you may have initiated in the past, but may have given up on pursuing as a result of the frustrating denials you continued to face.
We work hard to turn matters around for you and your family as quickly as possible, knowing that many of our clients are relying on friends, family and/or welfare assistance to get by in the interim.What you Need to Know When you Become Disabled from Working
It is important to understand that the Social Security disability system is meant for those who have been disabled or are expected to be disabled from all forms of gainful employment (that is, from working any job for which they are reasonably suited by age, education and experience, making simply $1170.00 per month) for a year or longer. There are options available, other than the Social Security disability system, for those that remain short term disabled (or for those who are in need of emergency assistance while they are awaiting approval of their Social Security disability claim). For these types of benefits, it is wise to contact your local Department of Transitional Assistance office in order to see if you might qualify for assistance as a disabled individual: some of the benefits available for those who require shorter term, transitional assistance benefits (which may include cash assistance called EAEDC, or what is called Emergency Aid to the Elderly Disabled and Children, Food Stamps and Mass Health insurance benefits). The local DTA office for those residing in the Worcester, MA area is the Worcester, MA office located at 13 Sudbury Street Worcester, MA, and their phone number is 508-767-3100. Their office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM.
The latest statistics show that disability benefits are being paid to just over 10.2 million Americans at this time, with almost 9 million Americans receiving such benefits under the Social Security disability insurance system. In 2000, just over 5 million Americans were receiving such benefits (thus representing an 80% increase over that time). Likewise, in 2000 there were approximately 1.3 million applications being filed annual for SSDI benefits, whereas, this past year 2.5 million such applications were filed. Needless to say, the program has continued to grow with the demographics of those becoming disabled in this country changing as well. With the average age of an applicant being 53 years of age, it is clear why, with the baby boomers getting older, the numbers of applications and recipients of such benefits has only continued to increase. The largest classification of illness was for musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders (which represented 31.2 of the claims made).
It is important to seek the assistance of an experienced disability lawyer who has been handling such claims throughout this period of time. Attorney Russell Goldsmith has been assisting New England’s disabled with their claims for more than 27 years. What we have seen for medical concerns over the years has run the gamut, whether it be mental health difficulties (anxiety, depression, bipolar, disorder), back/orthopedic concerns, cardiovascular, pulmonary (asthma, copd), gastrointestinal (crohn’s, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome), rheumatological (lupus, scleroderma, fibromyalgia, arthritis-type conditions), or other, less typical conditions (such as tick born illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity disorder, for example), and has provided us with the experience you need to successfully support you in your claim before the Social Security Administration.How We Can Assist You
Prior to considering applying benefits, it is always a good idea to consult with a Social Security disability lawyer to evaluate for you the viability of your potential claim. We understand that the claims processes (both the initial and the appeals process) can be a difficult and frustrating process without careful guidance through each step in the process. Ensuring that you are undertaking the appropriate treatment and will have the necessary evidence to support your claim is important from the outset.
Whether you are initiating a claim, appealing a decision at the initial level, reconsideration level or at the hearing level, we’re looking forward to providing you with the advice and assistance you need to move forward productively and efficiently with your claim.
We work on a contingent basis, meaning we only get paid if and when you win your case. For a free consultation at this time, contact our office today at 1-800-773-8622.Law Offices of Russell J. Goldsmith
We service the Worcester, MA area, including but not limited to the following areas:
- Auburn, MA
- Grafton, MA
- Leicester, MA
- Marlborough, MA
- Northbridge, MA
- Shrewsbury, MA
- Southborough, MA
- Sutton, MA
- Westborough, MA
As well as the surrounding areas.