Marasco & Nesselbush SSDI Attorneys in Connecticut
Have you or a family member recently suffered debilitating injuries in an accident, due to a medical issue or another party’s negligence? Some injuries may be so severe that victims are not able to return to work for extended periods of time. In particularly grave accidents, the victim can even lose their ability to practice their profession. In fact, their ability to engage in any financially meaningful employment may be lost forever. If this happens, both the immediate and the long-term financial security of the injured person, as well as their family is in serious jeopardy. This plight may be further aggravated by the costly medical treatment they may be receiving now and will continue to need in the weeks and months to come.
Social Security Disability Benefits as a Means to Recovery
Social Security Disability Insurance has been designed for people who find themselves in circumstances similar to those described above. Those who can obtain SSDI will receive monthly financial benefits to cover their basic financial needs as well as those of their immediate family.
However, applying for SSDI benefits can be a long and involved process. For example, in the state of Connecticut, the initial application for Social Security disability benefits is denied in about 70% of cases. For those whose have been denied, there are various stages of appealing the decision. Nevertheless, a positive outcome is not guaranteed at any of those stages.
Increase Your Chances of Acceptance
If you are suffering from a work-related injury and the information above sounds disheartening, you should know that there is a way to significantly increase your chances of success in the SSDI application process. Statistics show that the applicants who choose to be represented by an experienced Social Security Disability attorney have much higher rates of approval. Marasco & Nesselbush SSD attorneys in Connecticut have an excellent record in that regard. We have helped many people struggling with a disability to secure monthly Social Security benefits that helped them to overcome many of the otherwise crushing financial struggles. Now, we are offering our services to you.
During this critical time of your life, professional counsel and guidance will be of great benefit. You should not leave the outcome of your SSDI application to pure chance. Marasco & Nesselbush legal team is composed of attorneys having years of experience in SSDI cases. We have seen hundreds of disability cases and helped countless people through the complicated SSDI application and appeals process. We are the Social Security Disability attorneys you truly need and deserve.
SSDI Benefits in Connecticut
Social Security Administration, the body responsible for the SSDI benefits application process, provides specific rules and regulations for those who want to apply for monthly benefits. In simple terms, in order to apply, a person needs to meet all of the following criteria:
- be insured for benefits
- be younger than full retirement age
- have a Social Security–defined disability
While the second is self-explanatory, the meaning of the first – be insured for benefits – and the last – have a Social Security-defined disability – merit further clarification. To be insured for benefits means that the applicant, before having become disabled, worked for at least 5 to 10 years at a job where he or she paid into the Social Security system. Social Security-defined disability is outlined by the law as follows: inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. In other words, in order to merit Social Security Disability benefits, the disabled person must be unable to return to practicing their previous job or to engage in any other employment that could help them provide for themselves financially in a sufficient way for at least twelve consecutive months.
The Most Common Disabling Medical Conditions
In order to facilitate the application review process, the Social Security Administration has divided the possible medical conditions that may constitute a disability into 14 different impairment listings. Each listing contains different types of diseases, impairments, or medical issues that may become a basis on which to initiate the SSDI application process. The conditions are grouped into categories based on the biological system or function affected, for example:
- musculoskeletal system disorders (back pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disorders)
- respiratory system disorders (asthma, cystic fibrosis)
- cardiovascular system disorders (heart disease, heart transplant)
- neurological disorders (epilepsy, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy)
- mental disorders
The full, updated list of Impairment Listings is available here (https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/listing-impairments.htm). Out of the 96,000 people who received SSDI benefits in the State of Connecticut in 2016, the two largest groups of beneficiaries were those suffering from mental disorders (42,015) and the diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (21,684).
Prepare Your Medical Evidence
More than anything else, well-prepared medical documentation of your disability is a crucial element to the success of your SSDI application. The specific type of medical evidence required in your circumstances will be determined by the type of condition you are suffering from. It usually includes medical tests, opinions of doctors and other healthcare providers, as well as predictions concerning how your condition will progress in time. On the whole, it may be somewhat difficult to obtain SSDI benefits if you are not currently undergoing treatment or receiving any medical attention.
Because preparing medical evidence is so critical to the success of your case, it would be wise to employ the services of a skilled professional to help you gather and present it. Marasco & Nesselbush Social Security Disability attorneys have considerable experience in dealing with medical records and will ensure that the medical evidence testifying to the gravity of your condition and the resulting inability to work is convincingly organized. This will improve your chances to have your application accepted the first time.
Stages of the SSDI Application Process
The way to obtaining Social Security Disability benefits is divided into several stages. Your case may be approved or denied at each stage of the process. In case of denial, you always have 60 days to appeal the decision:
- Initial application – this can be filled and submitted online, via telephone, or personally in one of the local Social Security Offices. The denial rate for the initial applicants is very high – about 70%, according to some data. Therefore, you should not be overly concerned if your application is turned down at this stage. What follows is an outline of various ways to appeal that initial decision.
- Reconsideration – during the reconsideration stage, you ask that your initial application be reviewed by another Social Security worker. You are also permitted to submit new medical evidence.
- Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) – apart from the judge, a medical expert and a vocational expert will be present at the hearing. Each of the members of the panel may ask you questions about your medical condition and the extent of your disability. Other witnesses may be called on to testify, and additional medical evidence may be presented. While you may choose to appear at the hearing by yourself, being represented by a skilled Social Security Disability lawyer will significantly increase your chances of receiving a favorable decision. The attorney may prepare you beforehand for the questions you may be asked and, during the hearing, cross-examine the position and arguments of the medical and vocational experts.
- Appeals Council review – the primary purpose of an appeal before the Social Security Appeals Council is to review the decision by the Administrative Law Judge and find whether any procedural errors or omissions have taken place. The Appeals Council may deny your request to review immediately or may decide to review it. In the case of the latter, the possible outcomes are:
- The decision of the ALJ is upheld
- The Appeals Council may send the case back for an ALJ review
- Upon finding gross failures or negligence during the ALJ hearing, the Appeals Council may completely overturn the ALJ’s decision
If the Appeals Council comes to an unfavorable decision, the only way of appealing it further is to take it to a Federal Court. Since an appeal before a Federal Court entails many different procedural requirements and technicalities, it is strongly advised that you seek out legal help and representation from a skilled SSDI attorney, if you haven’t already done so.
The Role of a Disability Attorney
Due to a high denial rate of SSDI applications, it is advisable that you employ the services of a disability attorney from the very beginning of the application process.
How can an attorney help you increase your chances of success? Right from the beginning, he or she will help you to obtain and select correct and relevant medical evidence to support your disability claim. They will also help you convincingly demonstrate how your disability affects your daily life, your ability to work, and your family’s financial situation. Your attorney will also help you fill out any forms or documents related to your claim or to the application process.
If your application is denied both at the initial stage and the reconsideration stage, your attorney will offer an intelligent and thorough representation of your interest at the ALJ hearing. As mentioned above, your attorney will prepare to answer any questions from the judge, the medical experts or the vocational experts. He or she will also be able to counter the arguments presented by the experts and elicit a favorable testimony from you or other witnesses involved.
Even though your case has the greatest chance of a positive decision during the hearing stage, in case of a denial, your attorney will represent you both before the Appeals Council or even in a Federal Court.
No Results – No Fees
Hiring a skilled and experienced Social Security Disability attorney does not have to put your budget under additional financial stress. Marasco & Nesselbush disability attorneys in Connecticut work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not charge you or collect any payments until we secure a positive outcome for you. Then, and only then, we will collect a percentage of the back pay awarded to you by the Social Security Administration.
If you have a disability that is preventing you from practicing your profession and is putting your financial security in jeopardy, please contact Marasco & Nesselbush Social Security Disability attorneys without further delay. We will offer you the counsel and guidance you need during this trying time and make sure that you take advantage of all the legal options available to you.
Connecticut SSD Support & Resources
If you are disabled in Connecticut 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 thousands of CT residents are already receiving these benefits? As of December 2011 (the latest available statistics), nearly 80,000 disabled workers — and as well 64,000 spouses or children — received SSDI benefits, according to the Social Security Administration. Another 60,000 Connecticut residents received SSI payments.
If you are disabled and unable to work, MN Law is always ready to help. Call our Connecticut office at 401-274-7400 for a free evaluation for your case.
Why Choose MN Law Offices?
Clients across Connecticut 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 Connecticut: Local Social Security Offices
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).
Connecticut Social Security Offices
MN Law stands ready to help clients apply for SSDI or SSI benefits throughout Connecticut. For your convenience, below is a list of CT Social Security offices.
307 Main St.
Ansonia, CT 06401
3885 Main St., 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06606
225 North Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010
131 West St.
Danbury CT 06810
478 Burnside Ave.
East Hartford,CT 06108
960 Main St. 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
1 West Main St, Fourth Floor
Meriden, CT 06451
425 Main St, Third Floor
Middletown, CT 06457
233 Main St., 2nd Fl
New Britain, CT 06051
Giaimo Federal Bldg., Suite 415
150 Court St.
New Haven, CT 06510
2 Shaws Cove, Room 203
New London, CT 06320
24 Belden Avenue, 5th Floor
Norwalk, CT 06850
101 Water St
Norwich, CT 06360
Two Landmark Square, Suite 105
Stamford, CT 06901
147 Litchfield St.
Torrington, CT 06790
95 Scovill St. Suite 100B
Waterbury, CT 06706
1320 Main St.
Willimantic, CT 06226
Connecticut & Disability Determination Services
Every state in the nation has a “Disability Determinations Services” (DDS) office. DDS is essentially a state agency under contract with the federal government to make disability determinations.
Connecticut has one DDS office which is located at 309 Wawarme Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114. The telephone number is (860) 466-6223. The Disability Determination Services 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; you may want to consult an attorney before completing these statements. They can make the difference between winning and losing.
Connecticut Offices of Disability, Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
Claims are often denied at the initial or reconsideration stages. However, SSA denies many truly disabled applicants at initial and review for reasons other than that they are not disabled. For instance, many times SSA/DDS is simply not able to obtain your medical records. At MN Law, we make sure this does not happen. We obtain your medical records for you so that SSA/DDS has all the information they need to approve your claim.
Claimants have the right to appeal disability denials, and those appeals are considered by Administrative Law Judges at ODAR. Connecticut has two ODAR’s: one in Hartford and one in New Haven.
- Hartford. The office that handles claims originating in the New London, Norwich, Middletown, and Willimantic field offices (along with others) is located in Hartford. The address is William R. Cotter Federal Building, 135 Hirhodgh Street, Room 331, Hartford CT 06103.
- New Haven. The second Office of Disability Adjudication serves southwestern Connecticut and is located in New Haven at the Connecticut Financial Center, 157 Church Street, 22nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06510. The telephone number is (866) 613-2750.
Your case will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge who reviews all the medical evidence on file, and also usually hears 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. 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.
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About Our Firm
MN Law concentrates on Social Security disability cases, catastrophic injuries, and medical malpractice matters. We represent clients throughout Connecticut. The culture of our firm is driven by the values of hard work and excellence in all that we do, with an unwavering commitment to delivering to our clients the very best in legal services.
Obtaining justice for clients compelled Joseph P. Marasco and Donna M. Nesselbush to form their legal partnership in 1999. This overriding goal motivates them to this day, propelling the firm forward. Joe and Donna established the firm with one legal assistant. Over the years, the firm has enjoyed impressive growth and now boasts a dedicated array of attorneys and support staff.
MN Law has obtained extraordinary results for thousands of disabled and injured individuals over the years. The extraordinary results we achieve go hand in hand with exemplary client service. Our attorneys and legal assistants treat all clients with dignity, respect, kindness, and compassion. You can rest assured that we will chart a course for your legal case, and we will promptly respond to your questions, guiding you through the legal process every step of the way.
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The Connecticut office of MN Law is always ready to help. Call us today. We concentrate on Social Security disability claims, catastrophic personal injuries and medical malpractice cases.
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- “I really was in deep trouble, I needed help desperately and they came to my rescue. They really saved the day.”
- “When I left here it kind of felt like leaving my mom’s house after a good meal … very satisfying.”
- “Excellent personnel, great results. I couldn’t be happier.”
- “Everyone was extremely courteous and made me feel important and welcomed. The attorney made me feel very confident about the outcome of my case, while also making me realize that I may have to wait and be patient.”
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