Read About Important Social Security Information

It is very important that you keep us advised of any change in your condition or treatment so that we can obtain and submit all of the evidence necessary to prove your claim.

At Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., we are always ready to speak with you to answer your questions. When you call, if one of us is not immediately available, please leave a detailed question so that we can be prepared to answer it when we call back. You can call our New Jersey office at 856-375-1028.

Since our attorneys are in court almost every day, our staff is well-trained and able to answer most of your questions. Appointments to speak with the attorneys are always accepted, and you will be given the earliest date and time possible.

Time Limits Apply In Filing Appeals

There are very strict time limits for filing appeals. You have only 60 days to appeal a Social Security decision. Failure to appeal within that time may cause you to lose valuable rights under the Social Security Act.

If you have a new accident or injury during the time your claim is pending, it is very important to notify us immediately. You may be entitled to additional benefits under other benefit programs. Additionally, other types of claims such as workers' compensation or other personal injury claims, can affect your claim and the amount of your benefits.

How Does Social Security Disability Work?

Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits can be paid to anyone who has a qualifying disability and who also meets other nonmedical requirements. To learn more about SSD, read or print our pamphlet.

To be disabled, you must have a medical problem that interferes with your ability to work and has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death. For children to be considered disabled, the medical problem must seriously interfere with the child's ability to function the same as unimpaired children do.

Our firm's practice emphasizes representing claimants before the Social Security Administration no matter where you live. Our clients live and work in cities throughout Camden County, including Cherry Hill, Clementon, Haddon Heights and Gibbsboro.

Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to securing the benefits to which our clients are entitled to as quickly as possible.

We can tell you what you need to know about Social Security.

Applications can be filed for benefits online at Social Security's website at www.ssa.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213. We can also file the claim for you in our office. We encourage you to contact us before filing so that we can advise you about your potential rights and benefits, and the information needed to file the claim properly.

No-Fee Initial Consultations

All initial consultations are free. There is no fee to speak with one of our New Jersey lawyers about your potential claim. Once we accept your claim for representation, there is no fee unless we obtain benefits for you. All fees must be approved by Social Security, and no fee greater than that which was approved will be charged to you.

How Do Legal Fees Work For Social Security Cases?

The fee will be no more than 25 percent of retroactive benefits. The fee may be lower than 25 percent in many cases but will never be more than that. Also, there is no filing fee.

Although we do not charge for our expenses, any fees for records or reports, which are required by your medical providers, will be your responsibility to pay. We work very hard to keep these costs as low as possible and to advise you in advance of any fees your doctors' offices may charge. You can help us help you by asking for records at each doctor visit.

SSD Appeals Process Can Be Long

There are several steps in a Social Security Disability claim, and the appeals process can be long and complicated.

  1. After an initial claim, if not approved, you have the right to a reconsideration — a hearing before an administrative law judge and a review by the appeals council.
  2. After the administrative appeals process, you have the right to file an appeal in the United States Federal District Court.

Due to heavy Social Security caseloads and government backlogs, claims can sometimes take years to resolve favorably. An attorney can assist you with this long process and work for the most favorable results. Don't wait to contact us.