If you are a resident of Lowell, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) who cannot work because of a disability, there are many attorneys in your area who can help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
Lowell disability claims are often handled in the Lawrence hearing office. The Lawrence hearing office currently has 2,531 pending cases and a total wait time of 379 days. Although waiting for a decision on your disability claim can be nerve-wracking, many Lowell residents find Social Security Disability payments to be worth the trouble. In fact, in 2011, Middlesex County was home to 32,460 SSDI beneficiaries and 27,571 SSI beneficiaries.
For more information regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), click here.
You can begin the Social Security Disability application process online or in person at one of the following Social Security offices in Massachusetts:
151 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852
439 South Union St.
Lawrence, MA 01843
Consulting with a Lowell Social Security Disability Attorney
To increase your chances of approval, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a qualified Social Security Disability attorney or advocate. A legal professional will be able to assist you throughout the entire application process to ensure that your disability claim is thorough and accurate. There are many benefits that come with hiring legal representation, learn about them here.
Contact the Lawrence Bar Association if you have any further questions about the attorneys and advocates in your area:
Lawrence Bar Association
P.O. Box 5121
Andover, MA 01810
Lowell Disability Hearings
If an your initial claim and reconsideration are denied, you will have to request an appeal hearing to be held in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). Lowell disability appeal hearings are often held at the Lawrence Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Below you will find a list of the administrative law judges (ALJs) who hear cases in the Lowell Hearing Office:
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|French, Patricia M.||28.86%|
*Data from http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html
This information can be useful if your attorney is familiar with the judges who handle cases in his or her local hearing office.
Just as you may have experienced with your initial application, scheduling an appeal hearing may take several months, if not longer. If you cannot wait for your scheduled hearing date, you can request a congressional inquiry. If you are experiencing extreme financial or medical troubles, your congressperson has the power to intervene with the ODAR on your behalf to expedite your disability hearing.
Your local congressperson can be reached at the following address:
Lowell MA Office
11 Kearney Square, 3rd Floor
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: (978) 459-0101
Fax: (978) 459-1907
Complete the following form to receive a free legal evaluation from a Lowell attorney or advocate: