South Jersey Family Law

Rebel Brown Law Group, LLC

Trusted SSDI Attorneys in Burlington, New Jersey

Rebel Brown Law Group has been providing the residents of South Jersey communities with compassionate legal guidance since 2008. Our seasoned legal team has over 50 years of combined experience in the specific practice area of obtaining disability benefits for our clients. Additionally, each of our dedicated attorneys is well versed in navigating the complexities of the Social Security system.

Since most initial Social Security Disability (SSD) applications are denied, having an experienced law firm by your side can greatly increase the chance of a successful outcome for your SSD case. If you or a loved one has recently been denied Social Security disability benefits or are looking for assistance with filing an application for the first time, our professional team at Rebel Brown Law Group is here to help fight for your rights.

What is Considered a Disability?

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, is very strict when it comes to their definition of “disabled”. Unlike workers’ compensation or veterans’ benefits, Social Security does not provide partial or temporary disability benefits. According to the Social Security Act, a person is deemed disabled if they cannot work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death.

The condition, or conditions, afflicting the individual must prevent them from performing the work they did before becoming disabled, and also prohibit them from adjusting to a new form of employment.

The SSA has compiled a detailed list of impairments that potentially qualify for Social Security disability benefits. There is a list specifically for adults over the age of 18 as well as a separate list for children under the age of 18. Suffering from one or more of the conditions listed in these categories does not guarantee that you will receive SSDI benefits. Rather, it only allows the process to move on to the next step.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have been employed in jobs covered by Social Security (however, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) even if you don’t meet this requirement);
  • You must have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s definition of disability;
  • You must meet the specified number of credits based on your age when you became disabled as well as the number of years you have worked;

Once you have met all the requirements stated above, you must then complete the following five questions for the SSA to determine if you have a qualifying disability:

  1. Are you working?
  2. Is your condition “severe”?
  3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
  4. Can you do the work you did previously?
  5. Can you do any other type of work?

If you don’t meet these exact requirements, don’t give up hope just yet. There are unique situations and special rules that apply so be sure to reach out to one of our SSD attorneys for Burlington County to see if you may qualify under these particular circumstances.

A Walk Through the Social Security Process

Although the journey to receiving Social Security disability benefits can be long and complicated, it can be broken down into five steps to make it feel less overwhelming. You can have peace of mind knowing that the legal team at Rebel Brown Law Group will be with you every step of the way.

  1. Applying for Benefits
    The first step in the Social Security process is applying for SSDI benefits. Once we have submitted your application, you will typically receive a decision within 3 to 5 months. Keep in mind that the majority of initial Social Security Disability claims are denied, but we will be prepared to continue fighting for your benefits.
  2. Reconsideration of Benefits
    If your application falls into the bulk of denied cases, we will assist you in filing a Request for Reconsideration. This appeal requests the Social Security Administration to take another review of your application. It is not uncommon for a medical examination or updated medical records to be requested at this time. Typically, about 15% of applicants are approved for benefits during this step in the process.
  3. Hearing
    If you are denied benefits during the reconsideration process, we will request a hearing with an administrative judge on your behalf. We will discuss your case in detail, and present any relevant medical evidence during this hearing. The approximate time to receive a hearing date is 18 to 24 months.
  4. Appeals Council Review
    If you are denied benefits after your hearing, our legal team can help you submit your case to be reviewed by the Appeals Council. This review is a last resort effort used for situations where we believe the law has been misinterpreted or ignored despite the significant evidence provided on your behalf.
  5. Expediting
    The benefits process can take a long period of time. If you reach the hearing stage and are in dire need of assistance, we can request the Social Security Administration to expedite your case. This process allows your case to be seen faster if basic needs such as food, shelter, and medical care, are in jeopardy.

Why You Should Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney

Navigating the Social Security claims process alone can be intimidating. Having a knowledgeable Social Security Disability lawyer can reduce a lot of the stress that goes along with applying for benefits. Some of the advantages to working with an SSDI attorney include:

  • Disability attorneys handle SSDI paperwork daily and will ensure that your documents are filled out correctly and submitted by any stated deadlines. Incorrect paperwork and missed deadlines can cause significant delays in the benefits process.
  • A disability lawyer can communicate with doctors and medical staff to retrieve necessary documentation that may support your case while you focus on your health.
  • Social Security disability attorneys understand the complex legalities and terminology needed to maneuver the benefits process. They know when to file appeals and how to properly represent you in disability hearings.
  • Hiring a SSDI lawyer can greatly increase the chances of a successful decision from the Social Security Administration, significantly more than if you choose to face the process alone.
  • At Rebel Brown Law Group, not only do you receive a free case consultation, our attorneys work on a contingency basis so you will not need any money up front to start the benefits process. Our firm is compensated from your back-pay benefits once you are awarded SSDI. If we are unable to obtain Social Security benefits for you, you will not owe for our services.

Schedule Your Free Social Security Disability Consultation

If you or a loved one are planning to apply for Social Security disability benefits, or have previously been denied benefits, contact our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team at Rebel Brown Law Group, LLC. With over 50 years of combined experience helping local residents of South Jersey obtain the benefits they are entitled to, you can be confident that our SSDI attorneys will fight for your rights throughout every step of the Social Security process. Call us at (856) 485-0062 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule your free consultation.

Disclaimer: This page is intended solely to offer information about the law, and it should not be used as legal advice.

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