The Law Office of James P. Shea - Exclusively Dedicated to the Practice of Social Security Disability and SSI Law

An Overview of the Disability Process
(click on a topic for more information)

Who is Considered to be "Disabled?"

What Disability Programs Exist?

The Social Security system provides two benefit
programs for the disabled: Social Security Disability
(DIB) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income).

What Benefits are Available?

Social Security disability beneficiaries receive three
benefits:  a retroactive award (because time passes
between the application and approval, and some forms
of benefits can be paid retroactively to a date even
before the date of application), a monthly benefit
check and medical insurance benefits.

What Happens During the
Claims Process?

How is the Existence of Disability Actually Determined?

What About Attorney Fees?  Is it Expensive?

Our office handles Social Security disability and SSI cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, we are paid only if we succeed in getting benefits for you.