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A denial of a New Jersey SSDI claim need not end the case

As our readers may know, New Jersey residents who have an inability to work due to a physical or mental disability may be eligible for benefits through the federal Social Security Administration. The most common form of these benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance, which is paid for out of funds deposited by people out of their wages during their working lives. However, as we have mentioned, not everyone who applies for SSDI is approved.

This is especially true when we consider the first stage of an application for SSDI benefits. Many times, people without much money and with physical or mental difficulties are trying to file somewhat complicated paperwork and gather sufficient evidence to allow the SSA to approve their claims. Unfortunately, on a regular basis, the SSA officer charged with reviewing the case will deny cases the first time around, either due to insufficient evidence or because the focus of the application may not have been on the most important aspects of the case as seen under the statutes and regulations governing the system.

Luckily, there are more steps that can be taken, including a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, which often results in much higher chances of applications being approved. Even a denial by an ALJ need not end the pursuit of benefits, as it's possible to then take the case to the SSA Appeals Council.

No matter what part of the process a disabled person is immersed in, it can be a boon to get more information about SSA officers, ALJs and the Appeals Council. Those wishing to get more information on the various parts of the process and the legal approach to each are invited to view our SSDI website.

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