The Safety Net Unit

How We Help

We represent disabled individuals who can no longer support themselves through employment because of illness or injury to prove their eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits and other programs for which they may qualify. We strive to help disabled clients and their families attain the maximum degree of stability and financial well being using a broad range of legal and estate planning tools.  Our expertise includes a commitment to representing disabled veterans access safety net supports, as well as helping other populations and communities do the same. We focus our representation on the following areas of law:

    • Appeals at hearing level in Social Security Disability cases, including SSDI and SSI
    • Appeals in Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) programs including EAEDC, TAFDC and SNAP/FoodStamps
    • Access to MassHealth and other healthcare resources
    • Appeals in denial of coverage cases against private disability insurance providers

We also provide legal education trainings to community groups and service providers on Social Security and disability related topics. If you are interested in receiving or hosting a training, please contact us.

Medical Records Class Action

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School is looking for individuals who applied for cash assistance or disability benefits* and in that process paid for medical records. If you meet the qualifications below please contact us!


Service Area: We primarily represent clients who live in Greater Boston. When unique or particularly important legal issues are at stake, we will also consider cases from outside our primary geographic service area.

Case Acceptance Decisions: Our decision to accept a case for representation depends on a number of factors, including the legal merits of the case, the client’s financial circumstances, and our available resources. (Study Information potentially included here)               

Apply for Assistance

Prospective clients are referred to the Clinic by the Social Security Administration, local health care providers and other agency partners. Prospective clients can also apply for representation from the Safety Net Project by calling (617) 522-3003 or our intake line (617) 390 2524.


    • Applied for certain cash assistance or disability benefits programs* (doesn’t matter if you were granted it)
    • Paid for medical records and/or experienced a delay in getting your medical records.
    • Indicated to the medical records provider that you were requesting the records to apply for a cash assistance or disability benefits program.*
    • You saw the provider in Massachusetts

If You Meet These Requirements, You May Be Entitled To Compensation.† And We Would Love To Speak With You!

Contact Information:
Safety Net Project at Legal Services Center
Tel: (617) 522-3003

* Such as: SSISSDIEAEDCSNAPTAFDCCh. 115 Veteran’s BenefitsVA Veterans PensionVA Individual Unemployability (Disability), or certain other Veteran’s benefits.

† Compensation is not guaranteed and is subject to court approval. We are seeking individuals to serve as class representatives for a potential class action lawsuit.

Learn more about the Medical Records Class Action here.

Team Overview

Julie McCormack, Clinical Instructor

Legal Disclaimer

This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you concerning any legal problem. The information conveyed on this website is not legal advice and is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and our law firm or any attorney with our firm.  Please be aware that unsolicited letters,  emails, and faxes do not create an attorney-client relationship, and you should not send any confidential information to us unless and until you and our firm enter into a formal agreement establishing an attorney-client relationship.

Contact Information

Telephone:  (617) 522-3003

Office Location: 122 Boylston St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. We are located right next to the Stony Brook T stop on the Orange Line in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.  We also have free parking behind our building off of Amory Street.

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