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July 2016 Archives

Social Security disability benefits for injuries require a team

This blog has discussed many aspects of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits following an injury. We've touched on filing deadlines, the structure of the process, the ways an applicant can appeal negative decisions and some of the "terms of art" that occur in the handling of such cases. Some New Jersey readers might have noticed by now that it is not only the applicant or the applicant's attorney who is involved in the case, but also the applicant's doctors and other health care professionals that treat the disabled individual.

What are 'section 301 continued payments' for SSDI in New Jersey?

New Jersey residents may be surprised to hear that if an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) he or she may not receive benefits forever. It is possible for people receiving SSDI to regain their health and return to the workforce. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has various ways to incentivize recipient's attempts to get back to work.

What changes need to be reported if I get SSI in New Jersey?

We have previously discussed various requirements that New Jersey residents must meet to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits from the Social Security Administration. Readers will remember that these benefits are distinct from Social Security disability benefits, in that SSI benefits are meant for those who are disabled and have a low level of income and assets, rather than those who paid into the Social Security system while working. However, as with most government benefits programs, once a beneficiary is on the rolls of the program, he or she must keep the government informed of certain changes that may occur.

People with mental illness disability still face discrimination

There has been much discussion in New Jersey and across the United States about how to better understand mental disorders. While discussion of the state of mental health services is generally a positive thing, there is still widespread misunderstanding and stigma among the population about people with psychological issues, including those who are disabled due to their mental illnesses.

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