Thanks to the pro bono work of David A. Haworth, an attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, a New Jersey family will now be able to afford appropriate medical care for their child who has severe learning disabilities.

The family's claim had been denied twice by the Social Security Administration. Two separate state medical examiners concluded that the child's disabilities were not severe enough to entitle her family to Social Security benefits. These benefits would have covered medical care the child needed to function in school and in life. After investigating and developing additional medical and academic evidence, Mr. Haworth took the case to trial and obtained the benefits, which will be backdated to 2006.

"We all are very pleased with the excellent result in this matter," Mr. Haworth said. "It is personally rewarding to make a difference in the life of a disabled child, particularly in light of the financial and other challenges that this family faces every day."

The case was part of the Children's Social Security initiative, sponsored by South Jersey Legal Services; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden; the Camden County Bar Association; and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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