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Don’t fall for these disability myths

There are many myths out there about disability benefits. As a law firm that helps people secure Social Security Disability benefits, our clients ask about these myths from time to time, so we’d like to address a few of them today.

Myth: It is not worth applying for SSD benefits because everyone is denied.

Truth: Although disability claims are denied quite often on the first application, it does not mean that these people never get the benefits that they are entitled to. Many applicants end up getting benefits after filing an appeal with the Social Security Administration, especially if they work with an experienced lawyer.

Myth: You can be automatically approved for SSD if your doctor provides a letter backing up your applications.

Truth: While a letter from your doctor likely won’t automatically qualify you for benefits, one that is very detailed can certainly help.

Myth: It is easier for children to qualify for SSD than it is for adults.

Truth: Although we would like to think that the Social Security Administration goes easier on children with disabilities, this isn’t the case. Supplemental Security Income cases involving children are often more difficult to prove, often because whether or not a child qualifies depends on the severity of their impairment.

Myth: If you are working at all when you apply for benefits, your application will be denied.

Truth: Your application will be denied if you are working full time. However, if you are working part time and for a small amount of income, then you may still qualify. The SSA bases the decision on whether you are able to engage in “substantial gainful activity.”

Hopefully, this post has helped you to clear up some common misconceptions about SSD. Remember, though, there is no substitute for personalized advice from an experienced disability lawyer.

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