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A denial of a New Jersey SSDI claim need not end the case

As our readers may know, New Jersey residents who have an inability to work due to a physical or mental disability may be eligible for benefits through the federal Social Security Administration. The most common form of these benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance, which is paid for out of funds deposited by people out of their wages during their working lives. However, as we have mentioned, not everyone who applies for SSDI is approved.

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.

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?

How long might one wait for SSDI hearing in New Jersey?

On this blog, we have previously discussed various parts of the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. We have talked about various kinds of evidence that may be required, what some of the key terms and concepts are in how the Social Security Administration evaluates applications, and the definitions for certain conditions that are considered disabling. But what happens when an application is denied by the SSA case worker, and a request for reconsideration is also unsuccessful?

ABLE bank accounts for disabled people become law in New Jersey

Last July, this blog reported the advancement of a bill out of committee in the New Jersey Legislature. This bill was the state's response to the passage and signing by President Obama in December 2014 of the "Achieving a Better Life Experience Act," also known as ABLE. The New Jersey bill was the state's way of implementing the requirements of the federal law. As of last week, that bill is now law in New Jersey.

What is the 'ticket to work' program for SSDI recipients?

While the purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is to provide those who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition some financial support, there are a wide variety of potentially disabling conditions with many varied effects. People in New Jersey with some conditions that are considered disabling may be able, with help, to return to work by getting additional training, services or equipment. Because it is in society's interest that people be self-sufficient when possible, the Social Security Administration has several programs to incentivize action in those who receive disability benefits but might be able to eventually return to work.

Can prisoners receive SSDI in New Jersey?

This blog has discussed various aspects of the process by which individuals may apply for and receive benefits through the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program. We have covered the basics of what a disability is, how one may go about showing one is disabled and has an inability to work, and how long the disability must be expected to last. In this post, we will take a look at something that may occur after one has been approved for disability benefits: potential incarceration.

What is an 'Impairment-Related Work Expense' for SSDI purposes?

A previous post here covered the concept of "substantial gainful activity" when it comes to applying for Social Security Disability Insurance. The Social Security Administration looks at whether an applicant's disability prevents the person from working enough such that earnings meet the requirements to be considered substantial gainful activity, or SGA. If it does, that applicant may not be eligible for SSDI benefits.

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.

'Medically determinable impairment' an important phrase for SSDI

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in New Jersey can seem like having to learn a new language at times. Federal statutes and regulations tend to use their own kind of jargon, and the definitions of certain words and phrases can get very specific. Further, such phrases are not always amenable to decoding through simple common sense. One such phrase important to SSDI claims is 'medically determinable impairment.'

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