Maine Social Security Disability Attorney at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein Comments on Government Shutdown’s Impact on Obtaining Benefits

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SSDI attorney Joe Bornstein says recent layoffs at the Disability Determination Office in Winthrop will cause delays, but he emphasizes that disabled Mainers in need of benefits should not give up hope.

The fact that the Disability Determination Office in Winthrop is closed is certainly a setback for people with disabilities who have applied and have not heard whether they qualify and for people who are ready to apply.

Maine Social Security disability attorney Joe Bornstein of the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein today said his office will continue to provide consultations for Mainers seeking benefits despite the government shutdown that has caused the layoffs of 52 employees in the Disability Determination Office in Winthrop.

According to the Portland Press Herald (Shutdown leads to layoffs of 52 Maine state workers, Oct. 9), Gov. Paul LePage said the shutdown has resulted in the layoffs at the state Department of Health and Human Services office, where the workers are paid by the federal government. LePage said the layoffs are temporary, the Press Herald reported.

Bornstein, whose office represents disabled people who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and appealing denied SSDI claims, said the government shutdown may cause delays, but people should not give up.

“The fact that the Disability Determination Office in Winthrop is closed is certainly a setback for people with disabilities who have applied and have not heard whether they qualify and for people who are ready to apply,” Bornstein said. “We want to let disabled individuals in Maine know that the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is still open and is still providing free consultations. We can answer questions and discuss options.”

According to the Press Herald, Mainers can apply for disability benefits at nine field offices in Maine, including ones in Augusta, Portland, Saco and Presque Isle. The newspaper reported that a Department of Health and Human Services official said he was unsure if those field offices would stay open during the shutdown. However, the official, John Martins, said the closure at the Winthrop office “puts a stop to new claims,” according to the Press Herald.

“We know that these are tough times for people with disabilities who simply want to put in a new claim or find out whether they qualify,” Bornstein said. “Keep in mind that these are temporary layoffs. The government shutdown will end eventually, and the office in Winthrop will be back in business.”

Bornstein said his office’s experienced disability attorneys can help Mainers begin the process of either applying for benefits or appealing a denied claim. About two-thirds of applicants are initially denied, and lawyers can help the disabled file appeals. Bornstein said disability lawyers often can provide a needed advantage for disabled individuals who are pursuing the government benefits.

About the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein

Since 1974, attorney Joe Bornstein and his experienced legal team have obtained over $200 million in compensation and disability benefits for injured and disabled Mainers in Portland, Bangor, Augusta, and throughout the state. In addition to helping Maine residents with their Social Security disability claims, Bornstein and his team of over 70 experienced legal professionals hear cases on behalf of the victims of medical malpractice, car and truck accidents, dangerous drugs, defective products, slip and fall accidents, and many other types of personal injuries. Bornstein and his staff have a well-earned reputation as one of Maine’s best-known and successful law firms who have helped over 20,000 clients obtain compensation in their injury and disability claims.
If you are looking for help with your Social Security disability claim in Maine, contact the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein at 1-877-294-6813 for a free case evaluation.

Joe Bornstein’s law offices, which are wheelchair-accessible, are located in Portland, Sanford, Biddeford, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor. The main office for the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is located at 5 Moulton St., Portland, ME 04101. Visit http://www.joebornstein.com for more information.

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