A frozen shoulder, which involves joint stiffness and pain, can make it difficult or impossible to work. Those in New Jersey who have this condition may be entitled to disability benefits if it will keep them from working for at least 12 months. The same may be true for those who have already been out of work for 12 months or longer. There are many factors that an examiner will consider when evaluating a request for benefits.

For instance, an examiner will look to see if an individual could return to a job that he or she held in the past. Depending on a person’s age or level of education, it may be possible for an individual with a frozen shoulder to find other types of employment. As a general rule, an examiner wants to see how an ailment limits a person’s ability to function.

An applicant should include any recent medical records that can help an examiner make a favorable decision. These records may include MRI results or a statement from a doctor. In most cases, a doctor’s statement is taken more seriously when it is combined with test results and other objective medical information. Medical records may also be used to show that an applicant has multiple conditions that may limit his or her capacity to remain gainfully employed.

Individuals who have any type of mental or physical disability may qualify for government benefits. An attorney could provide insight into the types of information an examiner may need to rule in an applicant’s favor. If an application is denied, legal counsel could assist in appealing the denial. If the first appeal is denied, a case may be heard by an administrative law judge.