Whether you are in Newark, Paterson or Atlantic City, the attorneys at the law offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can help you. We represent clients throughout New Jersey and our attorneys can assist you at any stage of the Social Security process. Whether you need help filing an initial Social Security application or on appeal, we will provide you with dedicated and compassionate legal service.
We represent clients involved in Social Security cases in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden Counties. Contact our disability attorneys to discuss your Social Security claims.
Below is a sampling of some of our cases:
Atlantic County, NJ
An individual came to this office unhappy with the representation he was receiving from one of the larger televised firms. He was a younger individual who had worked as a laborer, loader and taxi driver. He had been in a motor vehicle accident, which caused serious orthopedic injuries affecting his back, arms and legs but also had chronic pain syndrome requiring strong pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication which made him unable to concentrate, focus or stay awake. We were successful in obtaining his benefits at hearing due to a combination of his orthopedic injuries, his pain syndrome and the side effects of his medications.
Burlington County, NJ
This firm was successful in obtaining benefits for an individual in their forties who had a multitude of medical issues but no clear and concise diagnosis. It was concluded at the reconsideration level that the multitude of her medical conditions, residuals and side effects of her medications, precluded her from returning to her past work as an office clerk or any other work.
Cape May County, NJ
Our client, a veteran with possible exposure to Agent Orange, who was in his mid-fifties, developed a skin disorder and was unable to continue working in construction due to the skin impairment on his hands. Our firm was successful in settling his case without the need for a hearing by submitting an on-the-record request for decision to the Social Security hearings office.
Essex County, NJ
A mother came to us to help her appeal a case for SSI Child's Disability Benefits. Her young child was born with a rare congenital endocrine disorder which required close monitoring, constant medication treatment and often is connected with learning disabilities. A failed bladder surgery also caused incontinence. The case was initially denied at the hearing level with an adult internist present who did not understand the nature and extent of the child's disability. While the ALJ decision was being appealed to the Appeals Council, this firm filed a new application which was quickly approved. The Appeals Council remanded the case for a new hearing and the child was awarded an additional three years of benefits.
Middlesex County, NJ
Our firm successfully represented an individual in her forties who did not graduate high school but had worked on and off as a stock person and filing clerk. She was disabled among other reasons due to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy affecting her legs and residuals from ankle surgery. She could no longer stand to do her past jobs and had additional secondary conditions including chronic fatigue and depression. Her case was approved at ALJ hearing level where it was determined that she could not return to any type of work.
Monmouth County, NJ
A family member contacted this office for a sibling in their fifties who had been disabled since birth. The parents never thought of filing for disability for their adult child. After the parents died, the family realized that disability benefits should have been filed years ago. Further, all school and medical records were unavailable. All of the doctors either died, retired or did not have records available and the family did not know the diagnosis of her disability. Our firm successfully proved that as a disabled adult child, this individual was entitled to collect on the deceased parents' accounts because she had a congenital impairment from birth which made her disabled prior to age 22. We also obtained testimony and letters from family friends and relatives stating they knew of her disabilities since childhood. The family was able to find a pediatric neurologist and a geneticist to diagnose a lifelong condition. Our firm appealed this case through the Federal Court level and had it remanded for a second hearing where the case was finally approved.
Morris County, NJ
An individual came to this firm one week prior to his deadline to file an appeal to Federal Court. His prior attorney had not written for many of his medical records. A court remand was obtained and a new hearing was held with this individual's specialist. Social Security brought in a cardiology medical expert. The individual was alleging disability as of 1992, his date last insured was December 31, 1996. The first time we could bring this case to hearing was 2005, almost ten years after his insured status expired. We needed to prove an onset date prior to 1996 and track down as many prior medical records as possible. The ALJ again denied benefits and the case went back to Federal Court where it was reversed and remanded. The medical issues involved were whether this individual could establish the onset of his disabling conditions including Lyme disease, Bartonella Henselae and chronic fatigue syndrome prior to 1996. The individual's specialist testified that the connection of all tick-borne infections was not clearly understood in the early 1990's. On remand at the third ALJ hearing, with a new medical expert present for Social Security, we established that the individual had significant complaints and treatment consistent with disabling chronic fatigue syndrome as far back as the early 1990's. All prior applications were reopened as well.
Ocean County, NJ
A younger individual with a college education and past work as an artist was successfully represented by this firm with an on-the-record decision and no need to attend a hearing. This individual was in his thirties, had prior back surgery and reinjured his back in a 2008 fall. The ALJ was satisfied that a combination of his orthopedic, postural and mental limitations precluded him from returning to any work. It was specifically determined that he had difficulty using his arms to lift, carry, finger, reach or handle, could only sit for short periods, had difficulty balancing and had severe problems with memory and concentration.
Passaic County, NJ
After representation by another law firm at the hearings level, our firm was retained at the
Appeals Council level and obtained a remand on the case for a new hearing. The ALJ refused to order any medical experts despite the unusual nature of the claimant's illnesses which included chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and residuals of a near fatal staph infection. She had depression, memory and concentration problems secondary to her illnesses. The case was appealed to Federal Court and remanded for a new hearing with a new ALJ and medical expert. She received six years of retro active benefits.
Union County, NJ
An individual who had been denied at the initial and reconsideration levels came to us at hearing level. He was closely approaching age 50, had a limited or less education, and did not communicate in English. He had back, leg and shoulder injuries. The ALJ improperly concluded that the individual could communicate in English, was not completely truthful, and denied his case based upon the wrong vocational factors as well as relying on the findings of a Social Security medical consultant. After this firm filed an appeal of the ALJ decision to the Appeals Council, a new application was also filed for this individual and he sought additional orthopedic opinions. His new application was approved based upon new medical information from treating sources and additional Social Security consultative evaluations. These reports were sent to the Appeals Council with an attorney brief and the Appeals Council agreed to award this individual an additional two years of benefits. As a result of this decision, he received immediate Medicare coverage.
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If you have a Social Security claim and need legal advice, contact a Social Security Disability lawyer online or call us at 866-929-8220. In a free initial consultation, we will help you understand your options. Our office is open from nine to five, weekdays.