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Can Traumatic Brain Injury qualify one for SSD benefits?

There has been a lot of focus over the last few years in the United States on the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in part due to the popularity of the National Football League and its well-documented struggles with the issue. Fortunately, most of us do not work jobs where the risk of TBI is so high, but such injuries can happen anywhere at any time. TBI is, for example, often the result of motor vehicle accidents. The question is: what if such an injury affects a person's ability to work? Is a TBI sufferer in New Jersey eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for the injury?

Are only U.S. Citizens eligible for SSI in New Jersey?

As readers of this blog may be aware, the Social Security Administration (SSA) administers a couple different programs that are meant to help disabled individuals. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) covers eligible individuals who are disabled and have paid into the disability trust fund through deductions from prior wages. Supplemental Security Income (SSI), on the other hand, is generally for those who may not have made such prior payments into the trust fund and are indigent, disabled, or blind. New Jersey, along with many other U.S. states, tends to have many residents who may not have been born here, but came through various legal immigration routes. Do these individuals qualify for SSI if they have not become U.S. Citizens?

SSDI denied claims can be appealed online

Every month many people in Montclair and other parts of New Jersey apply for social security disability benefits. While some of these applicants are successful in their claims, others discover after they have completed the necessary steps that their applications for assistance have been denied. For many, SSDI denied claims are frustrating at best and damaging at worst.

You won't know if you have a legitimate claim unless you talk to an experienced attorney. Get in touch with me today.

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