The initial application would be determined by the Social Security Administration. They will check whether you have worked enough years to qualify for disability benefits and will evaluate any present work activities. If you meet those initial requirements, the application will be processed by the Disability Determination Services Office in New Jersey and that agency will complete the determination for the Social Security Administration. There is a five step process used to determine if you are disabled. The State agency will determine if you are working, whether your medical condition is “severe” pursuant to Social Security Administration guidelines, whether your medical condition is listed on the charts that define medical conditions pursuant to Social Security regulations; whether or not you can do your past relevant work (work you did before you became disabled); and finally whether or not you can do any other type of work. Please note there are special rules for people who have blindness or low vision and you should consult with our firm if you have either of those conditions. When the State Office of Disability and Review issued a decision in your case, they will send you a letter after the initial application has been fully considered. If you disagree with the decision you must undertake the steps set forth in the appeals process in order to preserve your rights. As stated above, you should consult with our firm if you denied disability on your first application so that we can determine whether reconsideration should be filed on your behalf. If reconsideration is filed and denied, we are available to help you file an appeal and ultimately get you into a court room where a Judge will determine whether you are disabled pursuant to Social Security Administration rules and regulations.