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Who is eligible for Social Security disability?


In a perfect world, no one would get sick or injured. But the world is not perfect. As a result, many New Jerseyans have to tough through sickness and injury every day. Some of these New Jerseyans may qualify for help in the form of Social Security Income. To learn who qualifies and what they have to do obtain benefits, keep reading.

Eligibility for SSI benefits is based on the extent a person is prevented from working because of a disability. A disability, according to the Social Security Administration, is something beyond a temporary injury or illness. It must be long term -- i.e., a medical or physical condition either expected to last more than a year or to end in death. In addition to being long term, the condition must also prevent the person from doing substantial work of any kind, not just in their chosen profession.

What kind of work activities does the SSA consider when evaluating a person's eligibility? The SSA looks at basic work activities, activities like sitting, standing, lifting, communicating, using judgment and responding to supervision.

How does a person show that they have a disability? Medical evidence such as a diagnosis from a physician. An application for disability benefits should normally include a report from a licensed physician as well medical records and, if applicable, laboratory findings. This evidence is most effective if it discusses the person's ability (or lack thereof) to perform basic work-related functions like those discussed earlier.

To learn more about disability benefits and the process for obtaining them, New Jerseyans may benefit from discussing their situation with an experienced Social Security disability attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Are You Eligible For Social Security Disability?" Accessed Dec. 29, 2015

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