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Social Security Disability Archives

Can I get SSD benefits and workers' compensation simultaneously?

For New Jersey residents who are receiving Social Security disability, there are times at which they are also getting other types of benefits. A concern that many have centers around how their SSD benefits might be affected by those other types of benefits. Workers' compensation benefits and other public benefits can impact how much the person receives in SSD benefits. If the benefits are from private sources, it will not affect SSD benefits. Veterans Administration benefits, state and local government benefits if taxes were taken from the person's earnings, or Supplemental Security Income are all shielded from reduction.

What are work incentives under Social Security Disability?

For many New Jersey residents who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, their first goal is to return to work. However, they are confronted with the very real concern that they will try to work and find they are unable to continue. It is a worry as to whether they can get their benefits again and the speed at which this can occur. Fortunately, there are work incentives for those getting SSD benefits. Knowing what the work incentives are as well as their requirements is important before making the attempt to get back to work.

What if I need a special examination for my SSD benefits?

For those in New Jersey who believe they have a medical issue that warrants Social Security disability benefits of any kind, the Disability Determination Services might request that there be a special examination to make certain of their decision. DDS makes the decision on behalf of the Social Security Administration. When they believe that more information is needed to make a fair decision, they will request that this special exam be taken and the SSA will pay for it. If there are travel expenses, the SSA will pay for that as well. The applicant can have their regular doctor get a copy of the test if it is not that doctor who conducts the exam.

What if I need a consultative exam for my SSD benefits?

Some New Jersey applicants for Social Security disability benefits will not be approved right away. There are times when the Social Security Administration will need more information before deciding on a claim. This is when a consultative examination might be requested. People who are seeking SSD benefits should be cognizant of all the various medical requirements that are needed to be approved. It might be worrisome to have a consultative examination, but it does not automatically mean the application will be denied.

Points to remember when SSD benefits are stopped

For people in New Jersey who are approved for and are receiving Social Security disability benefits, it is vital to remember that in many cases, the benefits will not go on indefinitely. This is true whether the benefits are from Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. The Social Security Administration can stop the benefits if the person no longer has a qualifying disability or if the circumstances change. However, a person whose SSD benefits are stopped still has recourse and can appeal the decision. There are important points to remember regarding an appeal of stopped benefits.

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.

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.

How a disabled person can qualify for SSD benefits

Many people who have been permanently injured or diagnosed with chronic diseases may not consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits because of how difficult the process may be. Indeed, qualifying for benefits is no easy process. After all, the Social Security Administration receives more than two million applications each year. Of these applicants, an average of 885,000 received benefits.