Applying for Social Security Disability in NJ

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that an average of only about 28 percent of initial Social Security Disability applicants receive benefit awards, and they deny an average of nearly 53 percent of claims.  Although they do everything possible to allow applicants to file claims online, any errors or a lack of detail can result in rejection of a claim.

The Social Security Administration maintains a website detailing how to apply for disability benefits, providing an online application form, and informing you how to find a local office for assistance throughout the United States.  But seeking a skilled NJ social security disability lawyer can improve your chances for initial claims approval—and make a difference during the appeal process or any time you have trouble.

Understanding the initial claims process

Any errors made during the application process can result in denial of your claim.  Although only two basic steps exist to file a claim, each step requires close attention to detail, as follows:

  • Qualifying for disability.  The process begins by ensuring you meet the basic qualifications for SSD benefits.  Your work history must include sufficient work credits over a defined period, and your medical condition and expected term of disability must meet detailed requirements based on a comprehensive listing of impairments maintained by the SSA.  Before you begin filing, you need to take the time to gather the detailed information needed to prove you qualify.
  • Completing the paperwork. You must complete a Disability Benefit Application, an Adult Disability Report, and an Authorization to Disclose Information form, and transmit the information online, by mail, or in person at your local SSA office.  Five days after submission, the SSA provides an online form  that allows you to check the status of your claim.

Receiving a decision on your claim

The SSA carefully reviews each claim before making decisions, and they notify you of approval or denial by mail.  If you disagree with the decision, they offer a three-level appeals process within the SSA, and you can even file suit in federal civil court if you do not receive the decision you believe you deserve.  Even if you handle your own initial claim, it makes sense to retain an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to help you through the appeals process.

You also need to be aware that the SSA periodically reviews your medical condition while you receive benefits and can stop payments any time they determine you have the ability to return to work.  If you disagree with their decision to stop benefits, a skilled attorney can help.

For the best results for your claim in NJ, seek experienced legal support

Serving clients in Freehold, Middletown, Brick, Toms River, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Social Security disability law firm of the Law Offices of Robert Olkowitz, P.C.  can provide the detailed level of support you need at any level of a claim.  Our Social Security disability attorneys only receive a fee if we obtain a recovery for you.  Call us at 732-741-7444 to schedule a consultation.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that an average of only about 28 percent of initial Social Security Disability applicants receive benefit awards, and they deny an average of nearly 53 percent of claims.  Although they do everything possible to allow applicants to file claims online, any errors or a lack of detail can result in rejection of a claim.

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