Your doctor has confirmed your worst fears: you are not going to be able to work while you recover from your injury. While this is devastating news, you can take comfort in the fact that you will able to provide for your family with Social Security Disability benefits.

Until your discover that your benefits application has been denied.

The Social Security disability program is designed to provide income and medical support for those who need it most. In order to determine who is most in need of aid, the Social Security Administration sets strict rules regarding injury. In order to receive disability benefits in New Jersey, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your injury qualifies as a “total disability.” The Social Security Administration does not pay for any partial disabilities. 
  • Your medical condition must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. Your doctor or employer may consider your injury disabling, but the SSA has to agree.
  • You are unable to perform the work that your employer hired you to do.
  • You are unable to perform any other work as a result of your injury or treatment.
  • Your disability is expected to last for an extended period of time, possible for the rest of your life.

Meeting these requirements is not the only hurdle to receiving your benefits. As trusted New Jersey Social Security attorneys, we know that you will likely encounter many difficulties during the application process. For example, in order to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, you must have a doctor accurately determine your level of injury. Also, many applicants will have their initial benefits applications denied—even if they are rightly entitled to receive payments. 

The legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you understand your Social Security disability benefits. We can walk you through the application process, appeal a denied application, or simply answer your legal questions in your one-on-one consultation. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 to begin your FREE case evaluation. 

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