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Social Security Disability Archives

Key points about a Federal lawsuit when denied Social Security

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are understandably viewed as a lifeline for New Jersey residents suffering from a disability due to an illness, injury or condition. When applying for benefits, they will inevitably believe they will be approved. It is important to understand that many cases are initially denied, and it is necessary for the applicant to appeal. Denied Social Security does not mean that the benefits will never be approved.

How are medical opinions assessed when seeking SSD benefits?

For New Jersey residents who are injured or ill and are applying for Social Security disability benefits, one of the most important factors in an approval or a denial of the claim is the medical evidence presented to prove the medical condition is present. However, there is a difference between medical evidence and medical opinions. Medical evidence comes from laboratory tests and findings, medical indicators or both. Qualified medical professionals and testers can assess the medical evidence. Medical opinion is an assessment on the part of the medical professional that could vary from one medical professional to the other.

After an SSD benefits denial, how does the Appeals Council work?

For New Jersey residents who are injured, ill or suffering from a condition that makes it impossible for them to work, Social Security disability benefits can be integral to their life. It can provide them with financial resources needed to make ends meet until they are able to try and work again. Unfortunately, it is a harsh reality that some claimants are initially denied SSD benefits. This can be a troubling time for people who were counting on being approved for SSD benefits. There are, however, four levels of appeal to try and have the initial decision changed so there will be an approval.

Vital points about disability, its definition and what it pays

When a New Jersey resident seeks Social Security disability benefits because of an injury, illness or condition, there might be certain misconceptions about several issues. Basic factors are eligibility and how much disability pays a person who is found to be disabled. While these might see as if they are secondary concerns when the person has reached the point where their issues are preventing them from working and they need the help that disability provides, it remains imperative to think about these issues as the process moves forward.

What to tell the SSA when working and getting SSD benefits

When a New Jersey resident is receiving Social Security disability benefits and tries to get back into the workforce, there are certain incentives they will receive, including a trial work period, an extended period of eligibility, expedited reinstatement if they are not able to continue working, a continuation of Medicare, and work expenses related to the disability. However, there are also important pieces of information that the person must give the Social Security Administration.

How is motor function assessed for disability?

Neurological disorders can cause immense problems for New Jersey residents as they try to function each day. If the issues reach a certain level and they are unable to work because of them, they can apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Certain factors must be in place to meet the requirements to receive SSD benefits. One issue that is of paramount importance is the disorganization of motor function. Understanding what this means and when it will be considered "extreme" is imperative to a case.

Legal help in getting Social Security Disability at every step

No one in New Jersey plans to be in a position where Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are needed, but when it happens, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to ensure that the applicant has the best chance at being approved. There are various aspects to getting SSD benefits, and it is wise to understand them from the start. Part of that is having the right legal representative to walk the person through the process and help at every step.

Can one get SSD benefits if they have HIV or AIDS?

While treatments for HIV and AIDS have improved to the point that New Jersey residents suffering from it are often able to function relatively normally, that is not the case for everyone. For those whose medical issues stemming from HIV or AIDS, it is possible to get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. There are certain requirements to get SSD benefits. It is important to know them before applying. The applicant cannot have the ability to work. The condition must be expected to last for at least one year or end in the person's death. It must be severe enough so the person is not able to do substantial gainful work.

New law will raise oversight on disability representative payees

In many New Jersey cases, a Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits recipient is in a vulnerable state and unable to handle many aspects of their lives alone. In these cases, they might have a person who handles their payments and helps to oversee their finances. While this is for the benefit of the person getting SSD benefits, it is also a system that is ripe for abuse. People who are getting or seeking Social Security Disability benefits and have someone who will handle or does handle their payments should know about a new law that is going into effect.

How is work activity assessed for SSD benefits?

When a New Jersey resident has a medical issue that prevents him or her from working a regular job, there are certain requirements that must be met before getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits. A key factor is whether the claimant can perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration will examine certain aspects of the work before a decision is made.