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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.

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.

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