Common Myths About Social Security Disability

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Many individuals don't quite understand the Social Security Disability application process and what it involves. But don't let the myths and misconceptions prevent you from getting the benefits you need. If you are thinking of applying for Social Security Disability, find out the truth behind the myths.

Myth: Everyone is denied the first time they apply for Social Security.

False. This myth comes from the fact that the Social Security Administration does deny a large percentage of applications (less than 30% are approved initially). But this does not mean that there is a policy encouraging the denial of all initial applications. When you work with an attorney, your chances of filing a successful application increase significantly.

Myth: Certain medical conditions automatically qualify for disability benefits.

False. There is no guarantee that a condition will automatically be approved. The Social Security Administration does have a list of qualifying illnesses and disabilities, but the applicant will still need to provide sufficient evidence.

Myth: If my application was denied, I should file a new claim rather than an appeal.

False. You have a much better chance of being approved when you file an appeal rather than a new application. Statistics show that appeals have a higher approval rate than initial or re-applications.

Myth: If you've used drugs or are an alcoholic, you are not eligible for disability benefits.

False. If you have been sober for at least a year and have been receiving treatment, you may still be able to qualify for benefits.

Myth: If you receive workers' compensation, you cannot receive Social Security Disability at the same time.

False. You can receive workers' compensation and Social Security Disability, but be aware that the SSA may reduce your benefits amount.

Myth: You need to be disabled for at least a year before applying.

False. The disability must be expected to last for more than 12 months, which can be confirmed through a diagnosis from a doctor. There is a five month waiting period before benefits can be paid, but you should still apply as soon as possible. By the time your benefits are approved, this waiting period is often over.

Myth: You cannot return to work while getting SSD benefits.

False. You are able to return to work even if you are receiving Social Security disability benefits. In fact, the Social Security Administration has rules in place to protect your benefits. Depending on your situation you may be eligible for a trial work period where you would go back to work for nine months to test whether or not you are able to return.

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