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How will the SSA decide if I am able to work?

Although many New Jersey residents may have one of many potentially disabling conditions as the result of an injury, the existence of even a serious injury is not enough to prove that a New Jersey resident is entitled to disability benefits.

Instead, upon determining that a resident of Newark has an injury that otherwise qualifies a person to receive disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will decide whether that person remains capable of working. After all, if a person is seriously hurt but nonetheless remains able to do his or her job, it is hard to say that such a person is truly disabled and allowed SSI or SSDI benefits.

The Administration will first determine whether or not the applicant can return to the same line of work in spite of the person's injury. If the Administration decides that the person could go back either to his or her old job or, at a minimum, to the hypothetical "average" job within the applicant's line of work, then the Administration will deny the application for benefits.

However, even if an applicant can prove that he or she cannot return to his or her job, the Administration does not then have to award benefits. Instead, the administration will consider the applicant's over all situation and will specifically review the applicant's age, education and relevant work experience. After considering these, the Administration may decide that the applicant could make a career shift and take up other work for which he or she is qualified. In such a case, the Social Security Administration would deny the request for disability benefits.

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