There are many debilitating illnesses for which a New Jersey resident can qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Some are diseases like cancer or liver disease. Others are physical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. Still others are mental disorders. For those who have an eating disorder, it is categorized as a mental disorder and, if the issues are of sufficient severity to warrant benefits, can result in an approved claim for disability. Understanding how the Social Security Administration categorizes eating disorders and what the criteria is for disability is key.
Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a difficult process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) rejects the vast majority of SSDI applications the first time they are submitted.
Not all New Jersey residents who are getting Supplemental Security Income are completely unable to work. Many will either work or want to work despite being blind, disabled, over 65 and meeting the other requirements to get SSI. There are, however, concerns as to how the Social Security Administration will view people who are earning income when the amount is at the substantial gainful activity, or "SGA," level. Under Section 1619(a) of the SSA's "Red Book," people who work can still get SSI benefits.
Supplemental Security Income is for those who are limited in their income and resources and have a disability. While this might seem simple, there is also nuance and various rules that allow New Jersey applicants and recipients of SSI benefits to have resources they would otherwise not be able to have if it falls into a certain category. Being disabled, 65 or older or blind and having limited income and resources are the basic requirements for SSI. If, however, the counting of the resources is problematic, the person can have some of the resources excluded if they are needed for self-support.
When seeking any kind of Social Security disability benefits, New Jersey residents will undoubtedly be aware that their functional limitations are key to getting an approval. For those who meet the requirements to get Supplemental Security Income of being 65 or older, having limited income or resources, being blind or disabled, it is also important to know how exertional and non-exertional limitations will impact their claim. For assistance with these complex matters, it is always a good idea to have legal assistance.