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September 2015 Archives

What is 'blindness' for the purposes of applying for SSI?

A previous post here covered the basic differences between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. The main difference is, of course, that SSDI is available to those who have paid into the Social Security system through taxes on their wages and have thus accumulated enough "work credits," while SSI may be available for those who have not. There is another aspect of SSI that differs from SSDI, however, and that is that those in two categories that may not meet the definition of "disabled" for SSDI purposes may be eligible for SSI: people who are aged or blind.

Some poor children may not receive SSI for mental illness

Especially in the run-up to an election year, the public in New Jersey and around the country are often treated to discussions about the paying of government benefits to certain people, whether such benefits are sustainable and if too much is being paid out. A recent report indicates that, at least as far as Supplemental Security Income benefits go, the case may be that too few from some groups are getting checks.

What is 'intellectual disability' in applying for SSDI benefits?

Previous posts here have addressed certain psychological conditions, ranging from schizophrenia to depression and anxiety disorders, when discussing how the Social Security Administration evaluates claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. There is another category of conditions that the SSA recognizes may qualify someone for disability benefits. The SSA refers to these conditions with the perhaps more appropriate label of 'intellectual disability.'

Do not be discouraged by confusing terms in SSDI applications

Governmental agencies and lawyers are notorious for coming up with terms and acronyms that become almost a language unto themselves. While there has recently been a movement for 'plain language' in both the legal and governmental fields, there are still a fair number of phrases that are used within these niches that can be confusing and intimidating.

Can a broken bone qualify me for SSD benefits in New Jersey?

Many New Jersey residents may have, at one time or another, broken a bone. Due to the relative commonness of such injuries, most people don't consider a broken bone a particularly serious problem. However, depending upon the part of the body affected, such injuries can be quite painful, and along with the discomfort, frustration over losing the use of a limb for some period of time could occur as well.

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