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Can I object to the source for my SSD benefits consultative exam?

A New Jersey claim for Social Security disability benefits might not be approved immediately with the information the claimant provides. This is not uncommon. For those who are unaware of how the SSD benefits application process works, many people are denied in their initial application or there are sticking points that must be addressed before the Social Security Administration can make an informed and what it deems a fair determination. One concern for many applicants is if they are asked to have a consultative examination.

Increase income even when getting SSD benefits

Getting approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will be a relief for New Jersey residents who are disabled and unable to work. Frequently, they will be grateful what they receive in disability payments and will not think about other strategies to increase their income. This is a mistake that can limit their ability to accrue savings. Understanding common misconceptions about SSD benefits and potential financial assistance is a key to maximizing the benefits and other sources of income while remaining eligible.

What if I believe the judge was unfair in my disability case?

When a New Jersey resident is suffering from an injury, illness or condition that renders them unable to work, they have the right to seek Social Security disability benefits. While the Social Security Administration strives to treat every applicant fairly, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise when a case is denied. The Administrative Law Judge conducting the hearing is expected to make the determination based on the case evidence. While it is unusual, it is possible that the ALJ might have done something inappropriate or outright wrong to warrant a complaint. When this happens, it is critical to have legal representation.

Can you work without losing disability benefits?

There is a misplaced belief that people in New Jersey who are getting Social Security Disability benefits cannot work at all. The idea that a person who needs disability benefits to make ends meet and get the treatment required for their issue is unable to work is flat out wrong. People who get SSD benefits can try to work. However, it is important to understand the rules when doing so.

What should you know about the duration requirement?

When seeking Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income in New Jersey, it is important to understand the basic requirements. One critical factor is how long the applicant's impairment has lasted and is expected to last. This is a fundamental part of the decision-making process and those who are considering applying for SSD benefits should know what the rules are for the impairment and if it meets the 12-month requirement.

Can you get SSD benefits for an eating disorder?

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.

Will I be informed if the SSA says I no longer have a disability?

When a person is receiving Social Security disability benefits in New Jersey, it does not necessarily mean the SSD benefits will continue indefinitely. The Social Security Administration regularly assesses claims and might decide that a person is no longer eligible. Often, this is linked to a disability review, but there are other situations where the SSA will determine that the person is no longer disabled. If that determination is made, it is important to know about the notification process and how to go about trying to get the benefits restarted if the person is still disabled.

Does age affect determination of disability?

For those in New Jersey who are injured or ill and are seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, understanding the five-step sequential evaluation process is critical. The individual aspects of this process will be used when Disability Determination Services and the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides whether the person should be approved for SSD benefits or not. A key aspect of the decision-making process is the vocational factor. While other areas of the case will often come to the forefront, the applicant's age is imperative too. Knowing how this will factor into the decision and what can be done if there is a denial requires legal help.

Denied Social Security benefits? You have the right to a hearing

When seeking Social Security Disability benefits in New Jersey, it does not always yield an immediate approval. There are often issues that arise that result in being denied Social Security. People are sometimes under the impression that the case is over when it is denied. However, there are four levels of appeal. The second level is a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Many will wonder what happens at an ALJ hearing. There are certain facts that the claimant should know beforehand. It is always wise to have legal help from the beginning of the process, especially when there is an appeal of a denied claim.

SSD benefits and extreme limitation for neurological issues

When people across New Jersey are suffering from a neurological issue, it can negatively impact their ability to do most jobs. These conditions include epilepsy, ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease), and more. Since people suffering from these conditions will struggle to work and will also need medical care, it can be difficult if not impossible for them to hold a job. This is where Social Security disability benefits come in.

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