The first step in applying for SSDI benefits is to determine if you are likely to meet the eligibility requirements established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can help you determine your eligibility for SSDI in New Jersey and guide you through the rest of the application process. Contact us today to learn more about whether you may qualify and how we can help you in pursuit of the disability benefits you deserve and need.
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A primary requirement for obtaining SSDI benefits is that you have an eligible medical condition that is expected to last one year, or result in death.
- Eligible mental conditions include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum, early-onset dementia, and learning/cognitive disorders.
- Eligible physical conditions include cancer, brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord and other orthopedic injuries, Inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, Ehlers Danlos and Chronic Regional Pain syndrome (CRPS).
Proof of your medical condition will be established by the information you provide in your application and information that your medical provider will supply including examinations, operative reports, tests and lab work.
The second main requirement for SSDI eligibility is related to your work earnings. The SSA uses two different tests, a “recent work test” and “duration of work test”, to see if you have earned enough income to qualify for SSDI benefits.
- The recent work test looks at whether you worked a certain amount of time, based on a specified age and the time you became disabled.
- The duration of work test looks at whether you worked a minimum number of years based on your age.
If you are likely to be eligible to receive benefits, it is important that you prepare your application as thoroughly as possible and include all necessary information. A qualified attorney can assist you in this process.
How can I prove I was disabled if I did not start treatment or was not diagnosed in the year of my disability onset? Social Security has Rulings, Regulations and Case Law that allows a current treating source or medical expert to diagnose or render an expert medical opinion about the onset of your disability. For instance, if you have a congenital deformity, an expert could prepare a report and enlighten a Social Security ALJ about the onset of your disability.
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If you have a disability of any kind, you may be surprised to learn that it does, in fact, qualify for disability benefits. If you need a legal team you can depend on to effectively guide you through the process, you’ve come to the right place. Contact The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur today to schedule your free case evaluation.