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Social Security Claims System at Stretching Point

New Jersey’s monthly bill for Social Security payments is reported to be about $260 million. With 4% of its population receiving SSD payments, New Jersey is roughly midway in the table of states providing SSD payments to its citizens. Some states are paying out SSD to 10% of their population. In the last 10 years, the number of people claiming Social Security Disability in New Jersey has risen by 40%. Two possible reasons for this increase are:

  1. The recessionThe economic downturn has led to a rise in unemployment and a reduction in the real income of workers. This makes it tempting for people to apply for benefits.  Also, disabilities that may have been bearable previously encourage those with borderline SSD claims to test the system.
  2. A better understanding of disability Only individuals suffering from conditions classified as disabilities by the Social Security Administration are eligible for SSD benefits. Medical practitioners are getting better at diagnosing the conditions that people are suffering from and lawyers are getting better at determining which disabilities, or combination of illnesses, will justify making a claim.  This combination has also led to an increase in claims.

How you can speed your claim through an overloaded system

With more people attempting to claim SSD benefits and a corresponding increase in the number of appeals being heard by the courts, some states have become overloaded with cases.

If you believe that you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to speak to a lawyer experienced in applying for SSD to discuss whether you have a qualifying disability and ensure that your claim does not get stuck in the system or unfairly rejected. The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has handled SSD claims in New Jersey for more than 35 years. Contact our office for a free consultation. We look forward to assisting you should the need arise.

Publication approved by Cristie Nastasi, Esq., Associate of Hoffman DiMuzio

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