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December 2015 Archives

Bi-polar disorder may qualify one for SSDI in New Jersey

We have previously discussed several mental illnesses that might, if serious, make a person unable to function well enough to earn a living. One of those that we touched on was that of clinical depression. While many residents of New Jersey suffer from depression, there is another affective disorder that, while less common can be just as debilitating. This is what is called bi-polar disorder, also previously known in some circles as manic-depression.

The human side of SSDI applications in New Jersey

We have previously discussed the fact that many applications for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are rejected at first. This means that a good number of people with disabling conditions face delay and further effort to attempt to receive their benefits. We have also touched on several of the various forms of medical evidence that are generally used by the Social Security Administration to adjudicate these cases. Finally, we have talked about the appeals process, and the fact that hearings before an Administrative Law Judge tend to have somewhat higher chances of success than at the initial screening level.

What is the 'ticket to work' program for SSDI recipients?

While the purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is to provide those who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition some financial support, there are a wide variety of potentially disabling conditions with many varied effects. People in New Jersey with some conditions that are considered disabling may be able, with help, to return to work by getting additional training, services or equipment. Because it is in society's interest that people be self-sufficient when possible, the Social Security Administration has several programs to incentivize action in those who receive disability benefits but might be able to eventually return to work.

In New Jersey, SSI recipients may get other benefits

On this blog previously, we have discussed various aspects of applying for Supplemental Security Income in New Jersey. We have touched on some of the requirements for people to qualify for SSI, such as being disabled or blind, and having limited economic means. We have also taken a look at some of the evidence that may be useful in the course of such applications. For New Jersey residents that do qualify for SSI, there may be other benefits that go along with the basic payments meted out by the Social Security Administration.

What is a consultative evaluation for SSDI in New Jersey?

We have discussed how many chronic illnesses can be debilitating for residents of New Jersey. In many cases, the pain or fatigue related to the illness itself, or to drugs or other treatments for the illness can cause people to be unable to find or keep employment. In such cases, these individuals may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. We have talked about the basics of filing such applications, but what happens if the Social Security Administration is unable to determine if the applicant is disabled based upon the evidence presented?

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