Out of Work Temporarily Due to Illness or Injury? You May Qualify for an SSDI Closed Benefit Period
Every year, many people are injured and have to take an extended period of time off from work in order to recover. Sometimes their paid time off covers that recovery time, and sometimes it far exceeds that paid time off. You know you have a job to go back to, but missing work for an extended period of time due to an injury or extended illness can really put a dent in your savings or exert serious strain on your finances. Many injured or ill workers return to their jobs after recovering and just try to make the best of it. However, that doesn’t have to be the way things go. If you were injured or ill for an extended period of time, you may be eligible for a closed period benefit from the Social Security Administration.
What is a closed period benefit? Essentially, this is a period of time for which an injured or ill person can be compensated by the SSA for the time they were out of work in the past. Claimants who qualify for closed period benefits do not qualify for ongoing benefits, and they are able to return to work under SGA standards. In other words, you can apply for SSDI benefit payments coverage for your extended absence from work even if you are not permanently disabled and return to the job after making a full recovery. Your temporary disability has to meet certain medical requirements to qualify for a closed benefit period, and thorough medical documentation is mandatory. The good news is you don’t necessarily have to just eat the cost of your lost wages and struggle to get by as best you can.
Are you a New Jersey resident who has recently spent extended time away from work due to injury or illness? Are you struggling financially due to lost wages? Contact The New Jersey Disability Attorney today to see if you qualify for a Closed Benefit Period from the SSA through SSDI. We have extensive experience in the application and appeals process for SSA Closed Benefit Period cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve to help you get back on your feet financially after returning to work. Call us today to set up an appointment for consultation, and together we can help get your case a fair hearing from the SSA for a Closed Benefit Period.