Qualifying for Social Security Disability in NJ

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help workers obtain valuable benefits when they become disabled and unable to work.  You must meet very specific criteria to qualify for benefits.  Failure to meet these requirements can result in denial of your claim.

Meeting the work requirements

The SSA bases work credits on annually adjusted wage requirements (one credit for each $1,120 in earnings for 2011), with a maximum of four credits earned per year of work.  Applicants typically need 40 work credits, with 20 earned in the 10 years up to the year you become disabled.  However, younger workers cannot typically meet the general requirements, so the SSA provides a table of requirements based on age and other factors.

The program can also provide benefits to certain members of your family in certain situations based on your earnings record.  And individuals who do not meet the work credit requirements of SSD may qualify under a separate Supplemental Security Income program also administered by the Social Security Administration.
Meeting the definition of disability

The program pays only for total disabilities.  You qualify only if you cannot do the work you did before, you cannot adjust to other work due to your disability, and you must expect your disability to last for at least one year or to result in death.
The Social Security Administration makes claims acceptance or denial decisions based on a detailed listing of impairments that qualify for adult benefits.  By selecting a category from the main page, you can drill down to identify a specific condition and extensive detail how it qualifies under the program.

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, a Social Security disability lawyer from the Law Offices of Robert Olkowitz, P.C.  can provide the detailed level of support you need at any level of a claim.  Our lawyers only receive a fee if we obtain a recovery for you.  Call us at 732-741-7444 to schedule a consultation.
 

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help workers obtain valuable benefits when they become disabled and unable to work.  You must meet very specific criteria to qualify for benefits.  Failure to meet these requirements can result in denial of your claim.

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