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What is an 'emergency advance payment' for SSI?

Most people, at one time or another, will face unexpected events, be they natural, medical or familial, that will create a situation in which they are required to spend more money than they had budgeted during a certain time period. Many people use credit cards or savings to get through these tough times. However, those New Jersey residents who are on a restricted income due to disability and have few assets in their names, may find that their lack of finances can threaten their very well-being.

What medical evidence is needed for SSD for Fibromyalgia?

There are many chronic illnesses that can affect the ability of New Jersey residents to work and function in their everyday lives. While some may be more life-threatening, perhaps none is more frustrating than fibromyalgia. Because its causes are uncertain at best, treatment often targets just the symptoms of the disease, which is generally consistent pain and tenderness in joints, ligaments and surrounding soft tissue. Further, because there is no accepted laboratory test for the disease -- diagnosis is basically by default. That is, if no other cause can be found for the symptoms, and they are consistent with those of previous fibromyalgia sufferers, then the diagnosis may be made.

What kind of testing can be done for mental illness disability?

As we have touched on previously, the basic means of evaluating applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on mental conditions and physical conditions may differ. For example, in many cases in New Jersey and elsewhere, disabling symptoms caused by physical conditions can be tested for, either by the use of imaging equipment, or chemical or genetic testing based upon samples of a patient's blood or tissues. Symptoms caused by problems considered mental or psychological in nature, however, may be less easy to objectively test, as often there is no physical change in the body that is detectable by our current medical technology. This does not mean, however, that there are no medical evaluations that can be utilized to support an SSDI application based on a mental condition.

Upper body injuries may qualify for SSD benefits in New Jersey

About a month ago, we discussed the term "ambulate" and what the Social Security Administration means when it talks about being able to ambulate effectively as it concerns applications for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. As you might remember, this had to do with being able to move the body around one's environment, which often had to do with a person's lower body, and might be affected by injuries to the feet, legs or pelvis. However, what range of mobility must people in New Jersey who suffer injuries to the upper portion of the body, say the fingers, hands or arms have to seek benefits?

You won't know if you have a legitimate claim unless you talk to an experienced attorney. Get in touch with me today.

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