Maine Social Security Disability Attorney Joe Bornstein Weighs In On Program’s Financial Problems

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SSDI Attorney Joe Bornstein of the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein discussed how a lawyer can help Mainers with medical conditions get benefits, even as the government program is facing a crisis.

We know millions of American workers who rely on the program are worried. It’s also troubling news for applicants whose applications may face more scrutiny than ever.

With possible budget cuts threatening disability benefits, Maine Social Security disability benefits attorney Joe Bornstein today said it’s more important than ever to obtain help from a qualified law firm when applying for assistance.

According to a May 30 article in CNN Money titled “Federal Disability Trust Fund on the Brink,” the Social Security Disability Insurance program is forecast to run out of money in three years. The report states that revenues coming in would only be enough to cover about 80 percent of the payments due to the disabled and their families.

“We’ve been following this story closely, and we tell people who contact us about applying for benefits that they should not give up hope. An attorney can help them get through a difficult process,” said Bornstein, whose firm assists people in Maine needing help applying for Social Security disability or appealing denied claims. “We know millions of American workers who rely on the program are worried. It’s also troubling news for applicants whose applications may face more scrutiny than ever. That’s why it’s smart to obtain representation from an attorney who can help file an application and make sure no mistakes are made. If you need help appealing a denied claim, you should consider legal help.”

Bornstein added that the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be difficult, especially for people coping with a medical condition. “By contacting an experienced Social Security disability lawyer in Maine, you can have peace of mind knowing that your representative is handling the claim and making sure it is accurate, complete and filed in a timely manner.”

While financial problems are looming, the CNN Money report states that there are ways to extend the life of the disability program. Lawmakers are looking at various options, according to the article.

In the meantime, the demand for benefits has been on the rise over the past several years. Today, nearly 11 million people collect disability benefits, up from 8.7 million in April 2007, according to CNN Money.

According to the article, the aging U.S. population has resulted in more people applying for benefits, as they enter their 50s and face a host of medical conditions.

“We know that many Mainers – as well as people across the country who are facing disabilities and other medical conditions – are going through hard times,” Bornstein said. “We are here to help. Our firm offers a free consultation. We can discuss your options and help you avoid confusion over your claim.”

Bornstein said a disability attorney can help with critical steps such as the application process and representing a claimant at a hearing before an administrative judge.

“Many claims are denied at the initial stage, but often get approved after further review,” Bornstein said. “In many cases, the applicants who don’t give up and ultimately obtain benefits can say a knowledgeable disability attorney helped make a difference.”

About the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein
Established in 1974, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has helped more than 19,000 Mainers collect more than $200 million in settlements and benefits. This full-service, personal injury law firm has six offices in Maine: Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston and Sanford. Our specialties include auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, Social Security disability cases, medical malpractice, wrongful death and dangerous drugs. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for services if they win.
The main office for the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is located at 5 Moulton St., Portland, ME 04101. To schedule a free case evaluation or for more information, call (877) 294-6813 or visit our website at

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