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New Jersey Social Security and Disability Lawyers

couple in their sixties looking at laptopSocial Security Disability (SSD) is a part of the Federal Social Security Act. It includes programs that provide disability payments and other benefits to disabled workers and their families. Social Security Disability Benefits may consist of cash payments and medical coverage. Benefits depend on your financial situation and whether you qualify under the appropriate Social Security Administration regulations.

It is estimated that in 2011 approximately 9.8 million Americans received social security disability benefits which is double the amount of recipients since 1985. The majority of social security disability beneficiaries were disabled workers. In New Jersey specifically more than 223,000 persons received social security disability, this accounted for 2.3 percent of all recipients in the United States.

Levinson Axelrod, P.A. specializes in representing clients who have been denied social security disability in New Jersey. If injury or illness prevents you from working, you may be eligible for benefits under the Social Security Disability Law. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help you prepare your application, make sure you receive your full benefits or help you appeal application or benefits rejection.

For a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your social security disability situation, contact our experienced attorneys by filling out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right.

Social Security Disability Eligibility

Applying for disability can be a confusing process as can be determining if you or your loved one is eligible to apply for the benefits.

You may be eligible for SSD benefits if you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have a severe physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working?
  • Do you have a disability that prohibits you from working in any capacity – not just in the job you held previously?
  • Has your disability lasted – or is it expected to last – for at least one year?
  • Is the disability life threatening?

Additionally, certain family members may be eligible to receive disability benefits including a spouse over the age of 62, a spouse taking care of a child that is yours who is under the age of 16 or disabled, or your unmarried child under the age of 18.

In some cases a divorced spouse over the age of 62 who was married to the eligible individual for at least 10 years and is currently not married may be entitled to receive social security disability.

Applying for Social Security Disability

The claims process proceeds like this. The disabled person makes an initial claim. These claims are routinely denied unless the person suffers from a serious and obvious disability. Most persons will need to file a reconsideration of benefits which, again, is subject to routine denial. Following reconsideration denial, the Claimant will need to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Should the Claimant be unsuccessful at the hearing, appeals to the Appeals Council and/or Federal Court is available.

If your claim is denied at any level, you should seek the advice of an experienced social security benefits attorney. Going to a hearing without a lawyer is not wise because an adverse ruling could forever bar your ability to receive benefits. It is common for persons who have been denied several times to be subsequently approved when they receive assistance of an experienced lawyer.

Common Social Security Disability Impairments

To qualify for social security disability the state must decide if the injury or illness is severe enough to warrant receiving benefits. However, some illnesses may be on the government list of impairments which by law means a person is disabled.

Some impairments include:

  • Anxiety Related Disorders
  • Alcohol & Substance Addiction Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dermatitis

..and many more. According to the U.S Social Security Administration, in 2011 the most common social security disability diagnostic group was musculo-skeletal system and connective tissue disorders. In New Jersey the majority of those who received social security disability suffered from mental disorders followed by persons who were suffering from serious injuries.

Contact Our New Jersey Social Security Disability Attorneys

If you have been denied social security benefits in New Jersey, the attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help protect your rights and assist you in the claims process to obtain the benefits you deserve. We help our clients fight back with cases expertly and expediently handled by our team including Certified Civil Trial Attorneys and knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury lawyers. Our reputation for favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients is built on unparalleled compassion, strategy and performance.

For more than 70 years we have been providing local New Jersey communities with comprehensive legal counsel and helping guide them through the entire litigation process.

We have several offices in New Jersey and proudly serve the following areas:

…and many more surrounding towns and cities. Contact us today at 1-800-346-5529 to get connect with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. One of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim.

If you would prefer to contact us online, fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form at the top right hand corner of this page – your information will remain strictly confidential.

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