It Can Happen to You: Disability and NJ Social Security Benefits

Your chances of becoming disabled in your lifetime are more likely than you might imagine. The Social Security Administration (SSA) disability website reports that, “a 20-year-old worker has a 3-in-10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.”

In fact, of the entire population of the United States (about 312 million), almost 10 million citizens were receiving SSA disability payments in 2011; meanwhile over two-thirds of all initial applications were denied.

If you or a loved one has been denied New Jersey Social Security disability benefits, you are not alone. The SSA reports that the disability applications from 1993 to 2013 have increased almost 50%. Yet, the number of benefit awards for the same time period has increased only a little over 1%.

All these numbers add up to the same thing:  it is getting harder and harder to submit a successful claim for Social Security disability benefits.

So, if you become disabled, what are you to do? As New Jersey SSA disability specialists, we suggest that you get some legal help, especially if your claim has been denied. While disability benefit checks may not solve all your financial problems, they sure can help.

The average amount of a monthly disability benefit check in 2011 was $1,110. For those who are unable to work and had relied on their jobs to survive, a benefit check can be a great relief. In addition, you may be qualified to receive supplemental security income (SSI).

To find out just where you stand and what your best move would be, please call the Gaylord Popp law firm in Trenton. You can reach us toll free at 888-716-8086. We provide expert, aggressive, caring representation to many disabled workers in New Jersey.