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Appeal a denied Social Security disability case with a lawyer

For New Jersey residents who have tried to get Social Security disability benefits and had their claim denied, the disappointment can combine with worry as to what they are going to do next. For many, the disability benefits are a necessary aspect of making ends meet. When there is a denial, it can be problematic for a variety of reasons. While one might know that there is an appeals process for all aspects of SSD benefits, many will be unaware that they have a good chance of having the decision overturned and getting an approval for benefits if they appeal.

The process of filing an LTD claim under Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not just a diagnosis. It affects every aspect of your life, including your livelihood. This, in turn, affects the children you are trying to raise and support and the home you may be afraid of losing. Unfortunately, not many insurance companies truly care about how the financial heaviness weighs on you or how it affects your family.

Can my family get SSD benefits based on my record?

Since many New Jersey residents see the Social Security disability process as time-consuming and difficult, they will often be happy to receive an approval and get their benefits without looking too deeply into the other possible benefits they and their family might be eligible for. This is a mistake. Not only is the individual allowed to get SSD benefits, but it is also possible that certain family members may also be able to get benefits based on the person's record. Knowing who is eligible and the rules regarding family benefits is key before taking the steps to get them.

What changes to SSI benefits should I be aware of for 2018?

New Jersey residents who are seeking Supplemental Security Income or are already receiving SSI benefits should know that the Social Security Administration will generally alter the amount that the recipient receives on an annual basis. Since 2018 has just begun, it is important to know the amounts that people in various situations will receive once they are approved for SSI benefits. It is also imperative that people know how their benefits might change if they have been approved and are already receiving benefits.

SSDI and SSI changes for 2018

Every year, there is a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to the amounts paid monthly for SSDI and SSI. In 2018, the increase is two percent overall.

What if I have a representative payee for my SSD benefits?

For some New Jersey residents who are seeking or already have been approved for Social Security disability benefits, it will be decided by the Social Security Administration that they need a representative payee to handle their finances. This is not done randomly and the goal is to ensure that the person who is getting SSD benefits is protected.

SSD and mental health conditions

Mental illness can be pervasive and debilitating, with symptoms striking in varying degrees impacting day to day abilities. The ever changing nature of mental illness means a one size fits all approach for diagnosis and treatment is not feasible.

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