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August 2017 Archives

Can living arrangements have an influence on my SSI benefits?

Since Supplemental Security Income is a Social Security Disability program that is meant to benefit people who meet certain requirements based on income and other factors, there are numerous ancillary issues that can affect the benefits and how much is received. New Jersey residents who are seeking or already receiving SSI benefits should be aware of them. One issue is living arrangements.

What if my SSD benefits are up for review?

New Jerseyans who are approved for Social Security disability benefits after suffering from an injury or being diagnosed with a condition or illness must be aware that the Social Security Administration will conduct periodic reviews of the circumstances to ensure that the SSD benefits are still warranted. The claimant will be informed in writing. In general, if the person's health has not improved or if they cannot work because of the disability, the benefits will continue.

What ERISA plan information am I entitled to?

The Employment Retirement Security Act of 1974, alternatively known as ERISA, protects the assets of American workers. For those in New Jersey who are not fully aware of the details of this law, a prior post discussed it. In addition to the basics of ERISA, there is more in-depth information that should be known, such as the plan information and what participants are entitled to. If the information is not given or there are other problems with ERISA, it is imperative to have legal help.

Fibromyalgia is painful and may keep your father from working

You have seen your father work hard. He spent his days teaching, tinkering and building. As you’ve grown and he’s aged, you may have noticed that your dad has some pain. It’s possible he tried to keep it from you. Maybe he downplayed what was happening. He has these aches that just don’t seem to go away. As people age, it may be normal to experience some pain and discomfort, but this is different. After some encouragement, your father saw a professional and was diagnosed.

How do resources affect getting SSI benefits?

Disabled individuals in New Jersey who meet the income requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under the Social Security Disability program are also required to meet certain requirements when it comes to resources they have available to them. Owning resources that go beyond a certain value can prevent the person from receiving SSI-related benefits. This is important to understand when applying for SSI benefits.

Can I appeal after being denied Social Security Disability?

For people in New Jersey who have an injury, illness or condition that they believe warrants an approval for Social Security Disability benefits, it can be a shock if the application is denied. However, there are alternatives to appeal the decision that Social Security Administration as made. Contrary to what many might believe, it is not unusual for a denial to be changed to an approval after an appeal.