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Key factors the SSA considers before granting SSD -- Part II

It may come as a surprise to many New Jersey residents that the Social Security Administration rejects two-thirds of all applications for Social Security disability benefits. The rejections are mainly based on one or more of the five crucial factors that the SSA considers before granting SSD benefits. As mentioned in the previous blog post, those factors pertain to an applicant's work history and prospects and that applicant's disability in addition to the present income of the applicant from all sources.

Key factors the SSA considers before granting SSD benefits-Part I

Many people in New Jersey and in the rest of the United States live with a disability. Their disability not only makes day-to-day activities difficult but it also limits the person's ability to earn a living. For those people, financial assistance from the Social Security disability benefits program is very helpful. However, as many people may have experienced, it is often difficult to meet the qualifications for SSD benefits.

Understanding the SSI windfall offset -- Part II

The previous post on this blog introduced the Supplemental Security Income windfall offset, of which many New Jersey residents may already be aware. The last post, however, left a few issues unanswered, such as the time period for the windfall offset and benefits that can and cannot be subjected to the offset. This blog post will focus on those aspects of the SSI windfall offset.

Understanding the SSI windfall offset-Part I

As many New Jersey residents may know, there are certain circumstances under which the Social Security Administration may make adjustments to a recipient's Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income. One such provision under which the SSA can make adjustments is the Windfall Elimination Provision which was discussed in detail in earlier blog posts.

How does trying to return to work affect my disability payments?

Many people in New Jersey who are receiving Social Security disability have the long-term goal of returning to work. A common concern, however, is what might happen if a person who is receiving disability tries to return to work and is unable to do so. It is important to understand the federal regulations for the trial work period (TWP) for those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

What are "organic" mental disorders?

It is not unusual for a person in Newark to suffer from a mental disorder. These issues can make it difficult to function on a daily basis, let alone try and hold a normal, full-time job. Many people who have qualifying mental conditions might not know how organic mental disorders are defined or what the criteria are to be approved for disability. Having a grasp on these factors is the first step to pursuing benefits.

Supplemental Security Income is critical for New Jersians

There are many people in New Jersey, and in the rest of the country, who have a limited income and resources because of a disability, blindness or advanced age. In certain cases, children from low-income families may also be eligible for Social Security Insurance (SSI) benefits. Such people are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is taken from federal funds that are managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

What to keep in mind when applying for SSD benefits

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is meant to support those people who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition. In some situations, SSD benefits are also available for certain family members of disabled people. The SSDI program is funded by taxes withheld from workers' income and, therefore, the Social Security Administration thoroughly investigates a claim before approving it.

How can private disability insurance coverage help people?

When a person sustains a disabling injury, that person may have to face a number of financial difficulties. While it is true that the disabled person can obtain benefits from the New Jersey's workers' compensation program or from Social Security Disability benefits for injuries, the fact remains that the money that the person receives from those programs is often not enough to pay for the various expenses that a disabled person has to incur, especially because that person can no longer work full time as a result of the disability.

Some factors may lead to a reduction or cessation of SSD benefits

For many disabled people in Newark, New Jersey, as well as in the entire U.S., Social Security Disability benefits are necessary to meet everyday expenses. Therefore, when those benefits are reduced, or discontinued entirely, the person may face a number of financial difficulties. However, it is important for an SSD benefit recipient to remember that there are certain unavoidable situations that may cause the benefits to be reduced or discontinued.

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