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Do You Need A Social Security Lawyer?


    Our federal government knows that illness and injury will keep many people from being able to work before they reach their normal retirement age.  The government helps these workers with Social Security Disability Benefits.

    The government provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for disabled people who cannot work but do not qualify for Social Security Disability because they have not worked long enough.  Disabled children can also qualify for SSI.

    At the Serrano Law Firm, we have helped hundreds of injured and sick people throughout Connecticut and the Springfield - Holyoke - Northampton - Worcester, Massachusetts area get Social Security Disability or SSI.

    We look at your case for free.  We only charge a fee if we win your case.

    We have won benefits for clients with many different types of disabilities, including:


 Physical Disabilities, such as asthma, diabetes, herniated disks and other lumbar and cervical (back and neck) problems, arthritis, heart problems, fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, AIDS, cancer, hepatitis, cirrhosis and other liver conditions, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, lupus, and hearing loss.


Psychiatric Disabilities, such as anxiety, agoraphobia, panic attacks, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and mental retardation.


Child Disorders, such as learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

    Please call to schedule an appointment to speak with us about your Social Security Disability or SSI case.

    You may also use a form to confidentially send us information for us to review your disability claim or your child's SSI claim.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI


Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits.

Go To Your Local Social Security Office.


Call toll-free 800 772-1213.  If deaf or hard of hearing, call TTY 800 325-0778.


Apply for Social Security Disability over the Internet.

Online Application for Adults.


Online Application for Children.


Appeal If Your Social Security Disability or SSI Application Is Denied.

Do not miss the 60-day deadline for appealing your disability claim.


Appeal by filling out the form for a Request for Reconsideration.


If you filed your Social Security Disability or SSI application between August 1, 2006, and March 15, 2008, and you live in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Rhode Island, appeal by filling out the form for a Request For Review By A Federal Reviewing Official.  


Appeal Again If Your  Social Security Disability or SSI Request for Reconsideration or Request for Review Is Denied.

Do not miss the 60-day deadline for appealing your disability claim.


File the form Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge.


Contact an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer to represent you at the hearing.

When You Need a Connecticut or Western Massachusetts Social Security Lawyer,

Rely on Us for Skill, Determination and Experience.


Do You Need A Social Security Disability Lawyer?


    Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Lawyer for your Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven, New Britain or other Connecticut Social Security Disability / SSI Case:


Your chances of winning your Social Security Disability / SSI case are greatly increased when you have a disability lawyer.


 A disability lawyer knows Social Security law and can use the law to give you your best possible chance of winning your Social Security Disability / SSI case.


A disability lawyer will know which are the facts of your case that should be emphasized to the Social Security judge who hears your case.


What “disability” means to the Social Security Administration is different than how most people use the word.  A disability lawyer understands this.


A Social Security lawyer will present your case to the Social Security Administration or to the Social Security judge in an organized, logical manner to show how your illnesses and disabilities, your work history, and your age and education qualify you for disability benefits.


Your best chance of winning your Social Security Disability / SSI case is at the hearing level.  An experienced Social Security attorney will have previously attended disability hearings with the the judge and will know the best way to present the facts of your case to your particular Social Security hearing judge.


It usually takes 6 months to a year to get a hearing date with a Social Security Disability / SSI judge.  It would be a shame to lose your case, and have to start your disability application all over, because you did not have an experienced disability lawyer to make sure the judge knew the important facts of your case to approve your disability benefits.


An experienced disability lawyer will make sure the Social Security Administration or the Social Security judge has the necessary medical records to prove your disability claim and will emphasize the parts of your medical records that best prove your Social case.  Your medical records may be hundreds of pages long and have many handwritten pages.  A good Social Security lawyer will make sure nothing is overlooked in your records that would help you win your disability benefits.


An experienced Social Security Disability / SSI lawyer will prepare you for the hearing with the Social Security judge by letting you know which questions most likely will be asked and which facts you should be sure to tell the judge about your disability case.

bulletApproximately 3 million applications for Social Security Disability and SSI are filed each year.  An experienced disability lawyer will guide your case through each step of the process so that your disability case does not become bogged down due to government bureaucratic delays.


Social Security Disability Statistics   

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 According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), 9.4 million people received Social Security Disability benefits during 2010.  This means that out of a total U.S. population of 309 million people, 3% of all Americans were receiving disability benefits.


    The SSA statistics show that about two-thirds of the disability cases were for physical disabilities and one-third for mental disabilities.


    The most common reason for disability were problems with the and connective tissue systems.  Twenty-five percent of all disabled people were in this category.  Musculoskeletal problems include herniated discs, radiculopathy, lumbar spine and cervical spine disabilities, neuropathy, and diseases of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves.  Connective tissue diseases include rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.


    The next most frequent categories of physical disability were problems with the nervous system (such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease) and sense organs (blindness, deafness), problems with the circulatory system (congestive heart failure CHF, coronary artery disease CAD, stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction), and problems with the respiratory system (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, emphysema, asbestosis). 


    The most frequent categories of mental disability were mood disorders (depression or major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, agoraphobia), intellectual disability (learning disability, dementia, organic brain disease), and schizophrenia and psychotic disorders (hallucinations).


    In 2009, there were over 2.8 million applications filed for Social Security Disability.




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  We can represent you before a judge at these Social Security Disability / SSI Appeals Offices (Click for directions):


Hartford, Conn.

New Haven, Conn.

Springfield, Mass.


The Chart Below Shows the Local Offices that these Social Security Disability Appeals Offices Serve.

Find Out About:


How does Social Security decide who is disabled.


About heart and other cardiovascular disability cases.


About asthma and other lung disease cases.


About anxiety, depression, and other mental illness cases.


About child disability, ADHD, and learning disability cases.


About orthopedic cases (spine, knee, leg, joint and arthritis).


How your age, education and job history affect your case.


The difference between SSI and Social Security Disability.


About the Social Security doctor's examination.


What the hearing before the administrative law judge will be like.

Attorney John Serrano - Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Immigration, Workers Compensation.  Hartford, Waterbury

Please note that our law firm's website is designed to provide only general legal information.

This information is not intended to be legal advice for your individual situation.

Call us for personal injury, Social Security, divorce, bankruptcy, immigration, workers compensation and criminal cases.

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