Piscataway, NJ Disability (SSDI) Lawyer
If you were recently diagnosed with a severe illness or experienced a traumatic injury, you are not alone. Every day people across the Piscataway region are in car accidents, take unexpected falls, or are diagnosed with illnesses that keep them from being able to work for extended periods of time. Many people with these sorts of disabilities and conditions can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to help them support themselves and their families if they are unable to work.
The Piscataway disability benefits lawyers at Young, Marr & Associates have more than 25 years’ experience working with disability clients in New Jersey. We have an 80% success rate getting our clients’ disability applications approved, which is well above the industry average. If you are looking to file a claim for disability benefits, your claim has been denied, or you need advice on recovering benefits for yourself or a close family member, call Young, Marr & Associates today at (908) 367-7256. We offer free consultations to help with your claim.
What is Social Security Disability Coverage?
The Social Security Administration operates the Social Security Disability Insurance program to help people with serious injuries and health conditions get the financial support they need to take care of their families. If you have a serious injury or illness, you may not be able to continue working to take care of yourself. Applying for SSDI can help you get you the coverage you need for ongoing care and basic needs.
Disability benefits under the SSDI program are paid to Americans who have worked for a certain number of years and paid their Social Security taxes. This is essentially an insurance policy available to all workers in the US to help them if they can no longer work.
If you are too injured or ill to support yourself, but you have no work history, you may be able to use your spouse’s or your parent’s work history to get SSDI benefits. Otherwise, the SSI disability program may pay for your benefits instead. Talk to an attorney about which program is right for you.
Whether the SSA considers you to have a disability is based on multiple factors. One factor the SSA will look at to determine the extent of a disability is the ability to “engage in substantial gainful activity.” This standard is also used to determine whether a person is eligible for disability benefits. Substantial gainful activity refers to the level of work a disabled person can perform without being hindered by their disability.
A job is considered substantial if the disabled person’s work duties require a large amount of physical or mental tasks or a mixture of both. For a job to be deemed as substantial, the disabled employee does not have to work full-time hours; a part-time position is enough to qualify as substantial activity. Additionally, a job can be deemed gainful if the work performed is for profit or the job is typically performed for profit.
The SSA defines a disability as a diagnosable physical or mental affliction that will result in a person’s death, or that will last for at least 12 consecutive months. Most disabilities the SSA recognizes are included in the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments.” The Listing of Impairments contains the following conditions:
- Severe burn injuries
- Bone fractures
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sickle Cell Anemia
This is not an exhaustive list. It is also important to note that just because a disability is on this list does not automatically mean you get disability benefits; your condition must also be severe. Similarly, you may still be able to get disability benefits with an unlisted condition if the condition is similar to one or more of the listed conditions. However, it may be more difficult to be approved for an unlisted condition.
Another SSA requirement is that your disability must be severe. The one-year time limit rules out many short-term or temporary disabilities automatically. In addition to this, the injury or condition must be bad enough that you can no longer go to work. If you are able to work part-time and make at least $1,180 in 2018 ($1,970 if you are blind), then your application may be denied.
To learn more about applying for disability, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced New Jersey disability benefits lawyer.
Applying for SSDI Benefits
When applying for SSDI benefits, you must be prepared to answer any questions that the SSA may have. An experienced attorney can help you determine what evidence you need to prove your claim. For example, if you wish to file for disability benefits because you are battling cancer, you will require extensive documentation concerning your illness and treatment plan.
Other information that is required when filing for disability include:
- Social Security number and identification that indicates your age
- The names and contact information for physicians, hospitals, and others involved in the treatment of your disability
- Any medications you are using to control your disability
- Test results that prove your disability
- The names of any employers where you worked
- A copy of your most recent tax return
Additional information may be needed if you wish to secure benefits for other family members like your children or your spouse. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process of applying for benefits once you are ready to file.
Appealing a Denied Disability Application in Piscataway
Unfortunately, the federal government’s process for getting benefits is slow, tedious, and frustrating. It may be weeks before you learn whether your application was even accepted, let alone approved for benefits. If your application was denied, you may need to submit applications for reconsideration or take your case before an administrative law judge to ensure it gets heard.
After a disability denial, you should speak with an attorney. Your chances of successfully appealing the case are far lower without the help of an attorney. If you have not submitted your initial application yet, you should strongly consider working with a lawyer on your first application to ensure it is complete and accurate.
Your attorney can help you appeal your case and apply for reconsideration. This process can be stressful and confusing, especially if you so clearly qualify but your appeal is being held up by bureaucratic issues. The disability appeals lawyers at Young, Marr & Associates will work with your case to prove your disability is severe by using medical evidence and testimony about how the disability affects your life and ability to work.
Our Piscataway Long-Term Disability Lawyers Can Help You Make a Claim
Young, Marr & Associates has been successfully helping clients with the frustrating process of gaining Social Security Disability coverage for more than 25 years. We have represented thousands of claimants during that time who have successfully obtained Social Security benefits. Our attorneys will walk you through the process of filing (or appealing) your case, step-by-step. Trying to face the uphill battle of getting Social Security Disability benefits on your own can be detrimental to your case. Call our Piscataway disability attorneys today and let us focus on getting you the benefits you deserve. For your free consultation, call our law offices today at (908) 367-7256.