Being physically or mentally disabled can lead to a significant decrease in your overall quality of life, especially if you are still expected to work, but cannot. If you live in the state of New Jersey and are thinking of filing for Social Security Disability Insurance, it is important to understand just how each individual SSDI claim is processed and evaluated.
When filing for SSDI, you will need to first file your initial claim and application. While you can do this on your own, it is best to do so with an attorney who understands Social Security Disability by your side. Oftentimes, individuals will receive a rejection letter with their initial application, even if they are entirely qualified to receive compensation and benefits.
Appealing your SSDI case
If you have been rejected with your first SSDI claim, do not fret. Work together with your attorney to determine the right course of action. You will likely be advised to file a request for reconsideration based on your physical, mental, and emotional limitations and/or disabilities.
Steps were taken to evaluate SSDI claims
Whenever an individual files for Social Security Disability Insurance, there are a few steps to take and criteria to consider prior to authorizing benefits or approving a claim itself. The following steps and criteria are always taken into account with each individual Social Security Disability case:
• Non-medical requirements: No one individual is permitted to generate a gross income of $1,170 (before tax) each month in order to receive SSDI benefits.
• Impairment: Determining whether or not an individual is impaired mentally, physically, and/or emotionally is essential.
• Medical listing of impairments: Evaluation of medical impairments and qualifications for SSDI is required.
• Past and other work: Previous work and earnings are taken into account. Previous taxes paid into the system are also considered in addition to other work you do currently.
Protect yourself by preparing ahead of time and understanding your legal rights as well as all of your options for your SSDI case.