Many Factors Are Involved In Social Security Disability Claims

The pathway to Social Security Disability benefits may depend on your work history, your income level and/or the specific type of disability. Proving your case will include verifying your work history as well as your disability.

Work History May Be Key To Your Eligibility

For many Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit recipients, work history was the key to eligibility. If you have worked for a total of five out of the past 10 years, and you are now unable to work because of a physical or mental disability, you likely qualify. It does not matter whether the disability was the result of an injury, illness or medical condition. What matters is that you previously worked and are now unable to work for a year or longer because of your disability. After two years on SSD benefits, you will also be eligible for Medicare insurance.

Since 1977, Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., in Cherry Hill has been helping the injured and the disabled in Camden County and throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys can evaluate and document your case. We can represent you if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your claim.

How Does Social Security Insurance Work?

Other recipients of Social Security benefits for disabled people may not have worked before — or may have worked less than the five-year requirement described above. This may be the case when the recipient has a very low income. These benefits are called Supplemental Security Income (SSI), similar to welfare for other low-income people. An SSI recipient is also eligible for Medicaid.

A person with blindness or low vision may qualify for SSI or SSD.

SSD or SSI recipients may work and still qualify for benefits as long as income does not rise above a certain amount per month. "Work incentive" rules spell out parameters for working and receiving Social Security benefits, if approved by Social Security in advance. One of our attorneys will be able to explain a "trial work period" to you.

Read more about Social Security Disability, including the appeals process.

Discuss Your Case With An Attorney For Free

Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., has helped thousands of people over the years who qualified for SSD or SSI benefits. We often take over complex cases from other New Jersey SSD lawyers. For example, we have helped many disabled children who had never worked to receive benefits based on their parents' earnings.

To discuss your disability and Social Security benefits in New Jersey, call 856-375-1028 or send us an email through this website. Request a free consultation and learn how Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., can help.