If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI in New Jersey, it is essential to consider some things about the process. First, getting approved for disability benefits in New Jersey can be complicated and trying. There are a number of medical records that have to be gathered and numerous possible interviews involved. Additionally, it is important to note that the chances of being approved for SSD or SSI benefits at the initial application stage are low. Nationally, about 70% of disability applications are denied, and then 85% of appeals are denied.
Now, in New Jersey, legal counsel is not required in order to be awarded disability benefits. However, many people find the process difficult to navigate, especially when already dealing with the consequences of their current medical condition that has caused them to file in the first place. Because of the large number of applications that are initially denied, the State of New Jersey recommends that applicants hire an attorney to help assist with the process, especially in the early stages of filing. An experienced disability lawyer can handle the majority of the filing procedures and can prevent mistakes from being made before it is too late. Otherwise, an error in the application process can result in the claim being denied or sent back, prolonging the process and possibly restricting your ability to obtain certain benefits.
Additionally, should you be required to file something called a request for reconsideration, a qualified attorney will be able to more easily handle that as well. This is extremely important, because if you miss the designated deadline for filing an appeal, your claim is automatically denied and you will be forced to start over with a new claim.
In New Jersey, when the social security administration is informed that a disability lawyer is representing you, your lawyer automatically receives copies of all notices from social security regarding your claim. This means that both you and your attorney will be promptly notified of any developments in your case, therefore diminishing the chance that any deadline or request for additional information or documentation will be missed and thereby improving your chances of approval.
Finally, if you are filing for disability benefits in New Jersey, you should also keep in mind that the initial and reconsideration disability decision regarding your case will most likely end up before an administrative judge. This is because most claims are denied by disability examiners at disability determination services, which makes it necessary for claimants to file a second social security appeal, or request a social security hearing before an administrative law judge. Having an attorney to assist you and speak on your behalf in front of the judge may be of great help and give you one less thing to worry about when you are already dealing with many other stressors caused by the nature of your injury.
New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Help Disabled Individuals Get the Benefits They Need
The Social Security Administration has a very limited budget, and more and more applications are being processed every year. As a result, between 60 and 80 percent of applications are denied. The knowledgeable New Jersey disability attorneys at Shebell & Shebell can help you beat the odds by guiding you through the filing and appeals processes and representing you at your disability hearing, giving you the best opportunity to be awarded benefits. Our seasoned disability attorneys represent disabled individuals throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Keansburg, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Union Beach and Neptune. For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.