The process for applying for Social Security Disability benefits program, or SSD, and getting into the program is not necessarily easy. In fact, more than half of applicants are initially rejected. Thankfully, there is an appeals process, including four separate levels, if an applicant has been rejected and wishes to dispute the claim.
It is important to understand and be able to prove that you qualify for one of the two programs — Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. For SSDI, people must have paid into the program through their payroll taxes, and they must have a debilitating condition that prevents them from keeping and maintaining gainful employment. People must also prove that the condition has or is expected to last at least a year or end in death.
The Supplemental Security Income is a federally funded program who fall within a certain poverty level. Both programs are used to help victims financially with their living expenses. The programs are not designed to cover all medical expenses and rehabilitation or lost wages associated with a person’s disability.
For nearly 30 years, the attorneys at Abromson & Carey, Attorneys at Law, have been serving clients in New Jersey and the surrounding area with professional advice regarding the Social Security Administration and their benefits programs. Our office is conveniently located in Newark, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout northern New Jersey including Essex County, Union County and Passaic County. Initial consultations are always free, so there is no risk in calling us to discuss a situation and learn more about SSDI and SSI.