Skilled SSDI Attorneys in Cumberland, New Jersey
The knowledgeable disability attorneys at Rebel Brown Law Group have over 50 years of combined legal expertise and have been providing the residents of Cumberland County, and other South Jersey communities, professional legal guidance since 2008. Our accomplished legal team is well versed in navigating through the complex Social Security system in order to effectively fight for any benefits you may be entitled to.
Because most people are denied benefits the first time they apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it can be incredibly beneficial to have a veteran disability attorney advocating for you during the Social Security process. Working with a skilled SSD lawyer can significantly increase your chances of obtaining disability benefits. If you or a loved one needs assistance applying for Social Security disability benefits, or have recently been denied benefits, contact our compassionate team at Rebel Brown Law Group.
What Does it Mean to be Disabled?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a very strict definition of what it means to be “disabled”. Unlike workers’ compensation and veterans’ benefits, Social Security does not provide temporary or partial disability benefits. To be considered disabled by the SSA, one must meet the following requirements:
- You must be unable to 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, you are suffering from must prohibit you from doing the work you were doing before becoming disabled, and also prevent you from working a different type of job.
The SSA has two lists of potentially qualifying impairments posted on their website. There is one list for adults over the age of 18 and another for children under the age of 18. Just because you have been diagnosed with one or more of the medical conditions on these lists does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits, rather, it merely requires the process to move on to the next step.
How do I Qualify for SSDI Benefits?
In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have been employed in jobs covered by Social Security (if you are disabled and have not been employed, you may be eligible for SSI benefits);
- You must have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s strict definition of disability;
- You must meet the specified number of credits based on the number of years you have worked, as well as your age when becoming disabled;
If you meet the requirements listed above, you can move on to the next step in the process: answering five questions to help the Social Security Administration determine if you have a qualifying disability. These five questions include:
- Are you working?
- Is your condition “severe”?
- Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Can you do any other type of work?
The SSA offers a set of unique rules that are only to be applied to special circumstances. If you do not meet the criteria, but still feel you are entitled to disability benefits, contact our law firm. Your circumstances may fall under one of these uncommon situations and may allow you to receive SSDI benefits.
Journey Through the Social Security Process
The Social Security process is very complex and can take a lot of time from the initial application to the distribution of benefits. However, it can appear much less daunting when the process is split into five parts. You can have peace of mind knowing that your trustworthy Social Security disability Lawyer from Rebel Brown Law Group will be advocating on your behalf throughout each step of the benefits process.
- Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
Step one in the SSDI process is applying for disability benefits. You should receive a decision within 3 to 5 months after we have submitted your initial application. Keep in mind that the majority of applicants are denied benefits the first time they apply, so try not to lose faith. Your knowledgeable disability attorney will continue to fight for all the benefits you are entitled to.
- Reconsideration of SSD Benefits
If you happen to be one of the many applicants to receive a denial decision from the Social Security Administration, your disability lawyer will assist you in filing a Request for Reconsideration. This step in the benefits process requests the SSA to take another review of your application. The SSA typically asks for more evidence to support your claim such as updated medical records or a medical examination. 15% of applicants are approved for disability benefits during this phase.
If you are denied benefits during the Reconsideration phase, our dedicated team of SSDI attorneys will request a hearing with an administrative law judge so that we can provide insight into your case, present any additional medical evidence, and advocate for you in front of the judge. You will normally receive your hearing date within 18 to 24 months.
- Appeals Council Review
If you are denied benefits after your hearing, your Social Security disability attorney will assist you in submitting your case to be reviewed by the Appeals Council. This is the final step in the benefits process and is made as a last effort in situations where we believe the law has been misinterpreted or ignored, regardless of the significant amount of medical evidence provided to support your case.
If you have reached the hearing stage of the process and your basic needs, such as food, medical care, and shelter, are in jeopardy, our legal team can request the Social Security Administration to expedite your case so that it may be reviewed sooner.
Benefits to Hiring a Cumberland County Social Security Disability Lawyer
The Social Security process can be a long, winding road filled with terminology that is difficult to understand, deadlines that seem impossible to meet, and requires you to prepare mountains of paperwork in order to state your case. An experienced disability lawyer can assist you with all of these issues and more. There are multiple advantages to working with a knowledgeable SSDI attorney including:
- Social Security disability attorneys maneuver through the benefits process every day. They know exactly what needs to be filed and when, how to complete documents critical to your case, and will make sure all paperwork is submitted before any deadlines to prevent potential delays in obtaining your benefits.
- At Rebel Brown Law Group, we understand that when you are sick or in pain, it is difficult to gather all of the medical documentation needed for your application. Our disability lawyers can communicate with your doctors and other medical professionals to obtain the records needed to support your case, allowing you this time to rest and focus on your health.
- Our SSD attorneys in Cumberland County are well versed in the intricate language of the Social Security Administration and can easily navigate through the benefits process both quickly and efficiently. A knowledgeable attorney understands when appeals should be filed and how to best advocate for you during hearings.
- Applicants with a dedicated Social Security attorney have a far better chance of obtaining a successful decision from the SSA than those who face the benefits process alone.
- At Rebel Brown Law Group, LLC, we understand the financial burden that applicants with disabilities face each day when fighting to obtain Social Security disability benefits. This is one of the reasons why we offer a free case consultation and work on a contingency basis so nothing is needed up front to start your case. If your case is successful, our firm will be compensated from your back benefits when you are awarded SSDI. If we are unsuccessful in obtaining benefits for you, you will not owe anything for our services.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
Our Social Security disability attorneys at Rebel Brown Law Group have over 50 years of combined legal knowledge and are experienced in navigating through the complexities of the SSDI process. If you or a loved one would like assistance in applying for disability or have recently been denied benefits, contact our office for your free consultation.
Remember, you don’t have to go through this process alone. Call the law offices of Rebel Brown Law Group 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.