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July 2015 Archives

Can temporary injury qualify one for SSD benefits in New Jersey?

New Jersey workers in all kinds of professions can suffer injuries. Though it may be more common to expect people to be hurt in certain industries, such as construction or manufacturing, even supposedly safe office jobs have their risks. The rise of carpal tunnel syndrome and other physical ailments that beset sedentary workers show that just about any job can result in injury. Further, injuries can occur to workers when they are "off the clock," that can affect a person's ability to do his or her job.

Does the SSA review my SSI benefits case after it's approved?

As this blog has previously discussed, disabled people who are unable to work may be eligible for two different types of federal benefits. These are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The major difference between the benefits is that SSDI is generally for people who are disabled after having worked and paid into the system through a social security tax. By contrast, SSI is for people who are disabled, blind or over 65 years old, have limited resources, and did not work long enough to be covered under the SSDI program. So, let's say a New Jersey resident falls into this category and has made an application for SSI benefits, and it has been approved. Will the SSI recipient ever have to deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding your benefits again?

SSD adjudicators are people too

This blog has routinely looked at various federal laws and regulations, and the procedures used by federal and state entities that adjudicate claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This blog tends to focus on what information is required and what the definitions of various standards are, and how one might meet those standards. While having the right kind of medical and financial information is essential to building a disability case, there is another aspect to them that sometimes gets lost in the legal jargon and paper compiling. This is the story of the person who is required to live with the disability.

Assessing severity of mental disability for SSD benefits

Last week, we discussed the potential for Traumatic Brain Injuries to cause a disability that might qualify a person for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. While such injuries may cause physical impairment in the brain, there are other, sometimes less obvious conditions that can be just as disabling. Such conditions, like clinical depression, or anxiety disorders, are assessed for the severity of their effects on an applicant's ability to perform various tasks.

Bill would create savings accounts for the disabled in New Jersey

A bill that may help people who are disabled better their financial situations is wending its way through the New Jersey legislature. The bill advanced out of a panel in the state assembly recently, and would create the availability of certain special savings accounts for New Jersey residents who suffer from disability. While not yet official, the bill is now one step closer to becoming law.

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