To file for a disability claim in New Jersey, you don’t have to actually live in the state. If you worked for a New Jersey employer, then you are eligible for New Jersey disability.
You can file for a claim online or you can complete a paper application at your local social security office. You will have 30 days from the first day of disability to file your claim. If you do not send in your claim in time, and it takes longer than 30 days, you must show why the claim was not filed in a timely manner. In this case, you can attach a statement with the claim form explaining why it is late. If you don’t have a significant enough reason, your benefits might be denied.
Keep in mind that even if you know the date of your impending surgery, you cannot file a disability claim before you stop working. The claim cannot be filed until your period of disability begins.
To continue to receive disability benefits as time goes on, you must see your physician on a regular basis. Forms will be mailed to you regularly as well so you can keep providing the social security office with your updated medical information. The forms must be completed by your doctor and by you and be returned to the office in a timely manner.
Your benefits are payable on the eighth consecutive day of your disability. The first seven days is the waiting period. If your disability continues for three weeks in a row, then you will receive the benefits for the week that you had to wait for.
In the state of New Jersey, you can have more than one disability claim during one year. However, you need to meet the eligibility requirements and you need to have the appropriate medical documentation for each new claim.
Having the proper medical documentation isn’t too difficult. The forms are available online and you can also get them from your local social security office. If you have any issues or questions filling them out, you can ask a social security representative and he or she will help you. It might seem a little overwhelming, but don’t worry–you’ll absolutely get the hang of it all! Filing for disability is something that you must do in order to get the proper benefits.
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