Newark residents who have a disabling medical condition and are seeking Social Security disability benefits may be concerned about how long it will take for their application to be processed. Therefore, they may be interested to hear that the Social Security Administration has recently announced that it has added three more conditions that will be included on the agency's Compassionate Allowances program: Kleefstra Syndrome, Cogenital Myotonic Dystrophy and CACH-Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms. Those who have one of these conditions will now be able to have their applications for SSD benefits expedited through the Compassionate Allowances program.
Sometimes living with a disability is more than just a constant stream of doctor's appointments and health issues. Sometimes a disability interferes with a person's life so greatly, that the person finds they must stop working. This can be a very difficult decision to make, as many people in Newark feel like their job is part of their identity. Even more so, their job is usually their primary source of income. They may wonder how they'll afford their daily expenses, much less their medical expenses, if they cannot work.
Newark residents with a disabling medical condition may be somewhere in the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits. However, they may be discouraged to hear that the wait time for those applying for SSD benefits to get a hearing to determine whether they qualify for benefits has hit an average record of 596 days. To put things in perspective, that's 19.5 months. In comparison, in 2012 the wait time averaged at 353 days.
When a person in Newark cannot work due to a serious medical condition, they may be concerned not just with their physical health, but also with their financial health. A glimmer of hope may take the shape of Social Security disability benefits. After all, people have paid into the Social Security system when they were healthy enough to work, believing that there would be a financial safety net there for them should they become disabled and can no longer work. Unfortunately, obtaining these benefits can be a difficult process.
From 1996 to 2015, the number of individuals in the United States who were of working age but who were receiving disability benefits shot up. New Jersey residents may be interested to hear, however, that in rural areas of the country, the rate of those receiving disability benefits is two times that of urban areas of the country. In rural areas, an average of about 9 percent of those who are of working age are recipients of disability benefits. That number sits at 6.5 percent nationally, and at 4.9 percent in urban areas.
Do you have experience feeling down? Restless? Anxious? Do you have trouble sleeping or trouble ever feeling rested? Are you battling phobias and/or compulsions routinely? Are you one of the reported one in five Americans who suffers from mental illness during their lifetime?
It is fairly well known that applications for Social Security benefits, both in New Jersey and in other parts of the country, often get denied at the first stage of the application. Usually, applicants will need to plan on at least one appeal before they can expect to be awarded SSD benefits.
Although a New Jersey resident's Social Security benefits may be essential for an injured or ill person's survival, federal agencies are allowed to take a portion of a person's SSD payments. It is important to remember that private business and banks are not still not allowed to garnish a person's social security benefits.