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The Social Security Administration's grid rules

It is important for people in Newark, New Jersey, particularly those who have suffered an injury that has led to one or more disabling conditions that leave them with an inability to work, to recognize that the Administration's decision about whether they are disabled is not purely a matter of subjective opinion.

In an effort to be consistent, the Administration has developed grid rules, sets of criteria that determine whether a person with a qualified illness or injury is indeed disabled. It is important to recognize that the grid rules do not look simply at the extent or severity of a person's injury or illness.

The Administration or Administrative Law Judge reviewing a disability appeal must also consider a person's work experience, age and education. The end result is that someone who is older and who is perceived to be unskilled in the workforce has a heightened chance of receiving disability benefits, even if the extent of their injuries may not be among the most debilitating.

On the other hand, a New Jersey resident with more education and who happens to be younger may struggle more to convince the Administration that he or she should receive benefits.

It is important for anyone to have a rough understanding of how these grid rules are applied to a particular set of facts and circumstances. Nevertheless, the exact way gird rules will apply to a person can be complicated to understand. Some may find it easier to ask an experienced disability attorney their questions about how the grid rules might work in a given situation.

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