Social Security Disability
Work-related injuries are surprisingly common, and unfortunately, many work injuries render an employee permanently disabled. Although people who suffer injuries at work are eligible to recover workers’ compensation benefits, the benefits do not equal a person’s pre-injury compensation, and in many instances, they are insufficient to allow a person to make ends meet. Thus, many people who suffer debilitating injuries at work also seek Social Security Disability benefits. If you are disabled because of a work injury, you should confer with an attorney regarding the benefits that you may be eligible to receive. The New Jersey Social Security Disability lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are proficient in helping injured people file claims for workers’ compensation and Social Security benefits, and we will work tirelessly to help you seek any benefits that you may be owed.Benefits Recoverable from the Social Security Administration
To be eligible to recover Social Security benefits, a person must be disabled as the term is defined by the Social Security Administration. Additionally, unlike workers’ compensation insurers, the Social Security Administration only provides benefits for total disabilities. If a person is deemed disabled, he or she may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, or in some instances, both. Generally, the same criteria are used to determine if you are disabled for the purpose of receiving either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability Insurance provides payments to disabled workers, as well as to their dependents. They must meet several requirements to be eligible for these benefits. Our Social Security Disability attorneys can advise New Jersey residents on their eligibility. First, you must have previously worked in jobs covered by Social Security, such that you had money deducted from your paycheck for the Social Security Trust Fund. The amount of time for which you must have worked to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits depends in part on your age at the time that you became disabled.
Additionally, you must have a medical condition that qualifies as a disability as defined by the Social Security Administration. A person will be considered disabled if he or she suffers from a physical or mental impairment that prevents him or her from doing the work that he or she did previously or adjusting to other work. Generally, the impairment must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months or be expected to cause the person’s death. The impairment must be medically determinable as well. This means that it must be shown by medical evidence consisting of symptoms, signs, and the results of clinical and laboratory diagnostic examinations that are accepted in the medical community and not solely based on the person’s statements. Our New Jersey Social Security Disability attorneys can help you gather and present this evidence.Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income
Unlike with Social Security Disability Insurance, a person does not need to prove his or her work history to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. Instead, Supplemental Security Income is provided to disabled people who are unable to work and have limited financial means. In other words, the person must earn limited income, and the total value of the person’s assets must be less than $2,000 if he or she is married, or less than $3,000 if he or she is not married. Supplemental Security Income payments are typically much lower than Social Security Disability Insurance payments.Consult an Experienced New Jersey Attorney Today
Work injuries can cause permanent disabilities, which often result in a permanent loss of income. If you suffered a disabling injury at work, it is in your best interest to consult an attorney to discuss which benefits you may be able to recover. The capable attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are experienced in aiding injured workers in the pursuit of benefits. Our Social Security Disability lawyers serve people throughout New Jersey, including in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties. You can reach us at 877-450-8301 or through our online form to schedule a meeting.