Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Filing for Social Security Disability SSI New Jersey

Individuals who desire to file for either social security disability or SSI in the state of New Jersey will need to file an application with the social security administration. This can be done over the phone or in person, and it can be done by appointment (preferably) or as a walk-in visitor to a social security office.

However, after an application for social security disability or SSI disability has been taken, it will not be processed by social security per se. Disability applications in New Jersey are actually sent to a state-level agency that has the responsibility of gathering a claimant's medical records, reading and evaluating them, and then making a decision on a claimant's case.

In New Jersey, the agency that does this is known as the division of disability determinations (though in many states it is known as disability determination services). At the division of disability determinations, a claimant's case will be assigned to a disability examiner. This is the individual who, in consultation with a unit medical consultant and/or a unit psychological consultant, will decide if a disability claim is to be approved or denied.

How many disability cases in New Jersey are approved or denied? In a recent year, fifty percent of all disability claims filed in New Jersey were denied at the initial claim level and seventy four percent of all first appeals were likewise denied. These statistics were actually better than in many states and better than the national average.

However, this is not much consolation to those whose claims were denied in New Jersey---and at least half were. However, claimants in new jersey who are denied at the first two steps in the process (the initial claim and the first appeal) are allowed to request a disability hearing before a federally appointed judge. At such hearings, claimants without representation win their claims at a rate of 40 percent, while claimants who are represented by an attorney or non attorney representative win at a rate of better than 60 percent.

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