Obtaining approval for New Jersey Social Security disability benefits
Like most of our New Jersey disability clients, the question most on your mind is probably “Will I be approved for Social Security disability benefits?” The answer is that you must be found “disabled” by the Social Security Administration to receive New Jersey disability benefits.
Social Security has its own unique definition of “disabled.” You must have a physical or mental impairment that is so severe that you are unable to do your previous work or any other substantial gainful work considering your age, education, and experience. The key factors in the definition are your ability to work, your prior jobs, and your age and education.
The Social Security Administration is likely to award you New Jersey disability benefits if:
- You are not employed, or are employed at a job that involves no more than minimal duties and pay.
- You have a severe impairment, that is one (or a combination of impairments) that significantly limits your physical or mental ability to perform basic work.
- Your impairment has lasted or is expected to last 12 continuous months.
- You are not able to do the easiest job you had in the last 15 years.
- You cannot adjust to other work that exists in significant numbers in the economy, considering your age education, and work experience.
In addition, you must be “insured,” which means you must have paid Social Security taxes over a long enough period of time and recently enough. If you are not insured for Social Security disability benefits, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income disability benefits (SSI) if you have only minimal income and assets.
How the disability lawyers at Silver and Silver can help you obtain New Jersey Social Security benefits
The New Jersey disability application and evaluation process can be complicated and frustrating. A lawyer experienced with New Jersey disability applications and appeals can relieve some of your frustration and keep you from making mistakes. According to Social Security Administration statistics, claimants who are represented by disability attorneys have better chances of success.
As your New Jersey disability lawyers, our most important tasks are to (1) figure out what we must prove to win Social Security disability benefits for you and (2) gather the evidence to prove your case.
The most important evidence we gather is your medical documentation. The Social Security Administration requires a lot of medical documentation, including medical test results. We make sure the case files for our New Jersey disability clients contain all relevant medical records and significant positive test results. We also work with your treating doctors to obtain medical reports that provide information needed to substantiate your claim.
If your case requires a disability hearing, as most do, we will prepare you to testify; and, if necessary, we’ll request subpoenas to insure the presence of crucial witnesses or documents. At your hearing, we will object to improper evidence or procedures, cross-examine adverse witnesses and present a closing statement. And we’ll submit a written summary of the evidence and argument.
We promise to answer all your questions and keep you informed of your case’s progress. And we will work tirelessly to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Silver and Silver’s Social Security disability commitment and expertise
Our firm has more than 30 years of experience representing Social Security disability clients. Our concentration on Social Security disability law allows us to offer you a combination of specialized experience and knowledge. We have developed a successful methodology for navigating the often complex Social Security disability application and appeal process.
Our firm’s co-founder, Mike Silver, served as a past President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), an association of almost 4,000 attorneys and paralegals who represent Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income claimants. NOSSCR’s members are committed to providing high quality representation for disability claimants and to maintaining a system of full and fair adjudication for every claimant.
Mike founded the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Disability Law Committee and was its chair from its inception in 1995 through 2004. Philadelphia Magazine recognized him as a Super Lawyer in the disability field from 2004 through 2010.
Mike lectures on disability law to the medical, legal, and insurance communities, and testified before the House of Representatives’ Social Security Subcommittee, advocating for ways to make the disability system more equitable.
For information about us, see About us.
Social Security lawyers at Silver and Silver handle all impairments in New Jersey disability cases
We are happy to evaluate your New Jersey disability claim without charge or obligation, whatever your impairment.
We are experienced with handling a wide variety of impairments, including, among others:
- Muscle and joint problems such as arthritis and back injuries.
- Breathing disorders such as asthma and emphysema.
- Mental conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression.
- Heart and circulatory diseases including heart failure and ischemic heart disease.
- Autoimmune disorders including diabetes and lupus.
- Brain and nervous system conditions like epilepsy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.
- All types of cancer.
- Pain disorders including fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome.
In addition to New Jersey, we handle Social Security disability applications and appeals for claimants located throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.
If you need help either with your initial application or filing your appeal because your application has been denied, please complete the short claim evaluation form to the right, and we will respond promptly.
Or you may contact us at:
Silver & Silver
Social Security disability lawyers
42 West Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
We are conveniently located approximately two miles west of City Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.