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Individuals with frozen shoulders may be entitled to benefits

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.

Applying for Social Security benefits with medical records

People in New Jersey may apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits because they have a disabling condition that restricts them from returning to their old job or starting a new one. Whether they suffered a severe accident or developed a disabling illness or condition, they are unable to bring in an income, and SSDI benefits may be a lifeline. Still, applicants often face a very difficult time obtaining approval for disability benefits, even if they suffer from severe medical conditions. Many people face an initial denial of their application only to be approved later on at a disability hearing.

Obtaining SSDI benefits for a spouse or family members

Most people in New Jersey who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits consider their struggle ended when they receive a favorable decision from the Social Security Administration approving their application. However, the awarding of SSD benefits means that a spouse or child of the recipient may be eligible for benefits based upon the original recipient's work and medical record. Obtaining SSD benefits for family members can significantly increase the total amount of monthly payments received by the disabled person and his or her family.

Understanding the differences between SSDI and SSI benefits

Many people in New Jersey and elsewhere receive financial assistance under either the Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") program or the Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") program. The differences between the two plans are fairly obvious to beneficiaries, but persons who are not receiving benefits often misunderstand the purpose and eligibility requirements of the two plans.

How work credits affect Social Security Disability eligibility

The United States Social Security Administration administers a number of programs that are intended to provide financial assistance to persons who are at least 65, who are disabled or who require additional financial assistance. Eligibility for these programs depends upon different criteria, but one criteria that applies to each program is having earned a sufficient number of work credits before applying for the benefit.

Obtaining SSDI benefits for peripheral neuropathy

Many people suffer from diseases of the nervous system, and many of these conditions are painful and difficult to treat. One of the most bothersome of these diseases is peripheral neuropathy, a condition that involves elements of the neurological system outside of the brain, People who are afflicted by this condition often wonder if they are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The answer depends upon the extent of the disease and its impact on the patient's ability to work.

Understanding the definition of "disability"

The federal government administers a program that provides financial benefits to persons who are deemed to be permanently and totally disabled. A person is eligible for benefits if he or she has earned sufficient work credits and is totally and permanently disabled. "Disability" can seem to be a vague term, but the regulations that govern the administration of Social Security Disability benefits have added a sufficient degree of specificity. In order to understand the complete meaning of disability, a section by section review of the relevant regulations is necessary.

SSDI benefit for mental disorders

People who suffer from mental disorders or have a family member who suffers from one of these disorders are often unaware that the Social Security Disability Insurance program provides benefits if the illness meets SSDI eligibility requirements. Also, the process of applying for SSDI benefits for a mental or emotional disorder is complicated by the fact that these conditions rarely have any visible manifestation or any reliable medical diagnostic procedure that can be used to verify the existence of the condition. Nevertheless, the Social Security Administration recognizes several mental conditions as eligible for SSDI benefits.

Criteria for an award of Social Security Disability Benefits

Many residents of New Jersey have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and come away empty handed when their applications were denied. In many such cases, the applicant may have lacked the necessary understanding of SSDI benefits criteria and failed to provide the required information to satisfy those criteria.

For SSD benefits, information about past work must be provided

When New Jersey residents are seeking Social Security disability benefits, they might have a vague understanding of the basic requirements to be approved. Of course, the person must be disabled with an injury, condition or illness that renders them unable to work. Still, there are subsets to the process that people might not be fully cognizant of and can be explained by a qualified legal professional experienced in the entire SSD benefits process.

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