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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.

When might representative payments be needed for SSD benefits?

Some New Jersey residents who are getting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are suffering from issues that render them unable to handle their finances by themselves. They need others to assist them. This is when a representative payee can be of use. This has been discussed previously, but there are underlying aspects to the process of having a representative payee that should be understood by the applicant and his or her family members.

Comprehensive legal help is key with Social Security disability

People in New Jersey are constantly vulnerable to injuries, conditions and illnesses that can leave them disabled. These can come about in a variety of ways. Some are born with medical conditions that make it impossible for them to hold a steady job and make it necessary to get extensive medical care. Others are hurt when they are working or while they are simply going about their business. Still others become ill. Often, these individuals will be unaware that they can seek Social Security disability benefits and this can provide them with payments and medical coverage. Since the process of getting SSD can be confusing and complex, legal help is imperative.

When denied Social Security, what are my reconsideration options?

For New Jersey residents who are seeking Social Security disability benefits and are denied, there are four levels of appeal that they can use to try and get an approval. While many might believe that the initial denial means they will not have a good chance of having the decision changed and get SSD benefits, it can be quite effective to be approved when appealing.

When might a consultative exam be needed for SSD benefits?

When disabled and seeking Social Security Disability benefits, New Jersey residents might become discouraged when their claim is not immediately approved by the Social Security Administration. They might even be confronted with a denied Social Security Disability claim. However, this is not the end of the case. The SSA might simply need more medical evidence as to the limitations the person suffers from due to the illness, injury or condition.

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.

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