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April 2016 Archives

What is the SSA's Appeals Council in an SSDI case?

This blog has discussed many aspects of New Jersey residents' potential Social Security Disability Insurance claims. From the various requirements to be considered disabled for certain disorders according to the Social Security Administration's "Blue Book," to the wait times for getting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge if the SSA denies a claim, we've covered quite a bit of the process. About a year ago, the blog did a thumbnail sketch of the entire appeals process, and this week, we'll take a slightly closer look at one of the components of that process: The Appeals Council.

SSA stops seeking repayment for 'Windsor' SSI overpayments

In general, recipients who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have few financial resources. Due to the federal legal guidelines for the program, SSI recipients must show that they have very little income and almost no assets. Thus, for some New Jersey beneficiaries of the program, it may have been a surprise to learn that the government wanted them to repay money they received due to the government's own mistake.

How many people in New Jersey get disability for mental illness?

When people in New Jersey discuss Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, they often think of people with physical disabilities that make them unable to work. While these conditions certainly manifest in the population that receives SSDI and SSI benefits, there are also a number of people who receive the assistance based upon mental conditions. One question that may come to mind, however, is how large a population is it that receives disability for mental illness?

What does 'RFC' stand for in New Jersey disability cases?

We've talked a fair amount about the basics of specific conditions that could cause one to be eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits due to an injury. This blog has touched on lower and upper bodily injuries, as well as potential back problems that could lead to a disability. In this installment, let's look at a somewhat more general concept that still may have quite an impact on how the Social Security Administration might evaluate a New Jersey resident's SSDI application.

Is there recourse if I feel my SSDI case was treated unfairly?

This blog has previously discussed the basics of appealing a denial of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits by the Social Security Administration. Most recently on this subject, we touched on the fact that it can take some time for a case in New Jersey to be scheduled for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ.) So, after waiting all this time, what happens when one appears at the hearing and feels he or she has not been treated fairly?

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