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February 2016 Archives

How long might one wait for SSDI hearing in New Jersey?

On this blog, we have previously discussed various parts of the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. We have talked about various kinds of evidence that may be required, what some of the key terms and concepts are in how the Social Security Administration evaluates applications, and the definitions for certain conditions that are considered disabling. But what happens when an application is denied by the SSA case worker, and a request for reconsideration is also unsuccessful?

What is 'expedited reinstatement' of SSI benefits?

About a month ago, we discussed the main reasons people in New Jersey, and across the country, get their Supplemental Security Income benefits suspended. We discovered that, according to statistics compiled by the Social Security Administration, the most common reasons were the SSA losing track of where a beneficiary was, and a beneficiary losing his or her qualification status due to earning too much income. But what happens if you've stopped receiving benefits because you began working again, and then have to cease work again due to your disability?

New Jersey residents with chronic diseases should not lose hope

Living with a chronic disease can be incredibly dispiriting. Symptoms that linger day after day, week after week, can create a sense of despair in even the strongest-willed individual in New Jersey. Or, for chronic illnesses that have periods of flare-up and remission, waiting for the next bout with the disease can feel much like being positioned under the Sword of Damocles. When the illness interferes with a person's ability to make a living, it adds the stress of potential financial disaster to an already untenable situation.

How does evaluation of mental and physical disability differ?

As our New Jersey readers may know, this blog has previously discussed several of the listings for mental and physical disabilities that are found in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) "blue book." We have also touched on the "sequential evaluation process" that the SSA uses to determine if a person is disabled for the purposes of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In this post we will take a brief look at one of the differences in the process between mental and physical impairments.

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