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Social Security Disability Insurance – Myth vs. Reality

Common Misconceptions About Social Security Disability Law

Before taking on some of the common myths and misconceptions, we want to provide a quick definition of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI. Social Security Disability Insurance is the federal government’s program providing financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a long-term disability. Eligibility is based on the person’s work history and the severity of their disability.

When it comes to SSDI, misinformation can be just as prevalent as the facts. This can lead to confusion and, unfortunately, missed opportunities for those seeking the benefits they deserve. In this blog, we will debunk some of the most common misconceptions surrounding Social Security Disability Law.

Misconception 1: The Application Process is Easy and Straightforward

Many people believe that applying for SSDI benefits is a straightforward process. However, the reality is quite the opposite. The application process is complex and requires extensive documentation, including medical records, employment history, and more. In addition, the majority of initial applications are denied, often due to a lack of sufficient evidence or improper filing. This is why it’s crucial to consult with a Social Security Disability lawyer to ensure your application is completed correctly.

Misconception 2: SSDI is the Same as Unemployment Benefits

This idea could not be further from the truth. While unemployment benefits are for individuals who are temporarily out of work, SSDI is designed for those who are unable to work due to a physical or mental medical condition. To qualify for SSDI, you must have a physical or mental condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Misconception 3: You Must Be Completely Disabled to Qualify for SSDI

Many people think that you must be entirely disabled to qualify for SSDI benefits. In reality, SSDI is available to those who are unable to perform substantial gainful activity due to their disability. This means that even if you can work to some extent, you may still be eligible for benefits if your disability significantly limits your ability to earn a living.

Misconception 4: Young People Cannot Receive SSDI Benefits

Age is another common point of confusion when it comes to SSDI eligibility. While it’s true that the majority of SSDI recipients are older, young people can and do qualify for benefits. The key is proving that your disability prevents you from working and that you have the necessary work credits to qualify for SSDI.

Misconception 5: You Cannot Appeal a Denied Claim

Finally, many people think that once their SSDI claim is denied, there is no recourse. This is simply not true. If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision and request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). Many claims are approved during the appeals process, making it an essential step for those seeking benefits.

In conclusion, understanding the facts about Social Security disability benefits is critical for those seeking SSDI benefits. By debunking these common misconceptions, we hope to provide clarity and empower individuals to pursue the benefits they deserve.

Philadelphia Social Security Disability Lawyers – Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein

If you are considering applying for SSDI or have had your claim denied, we encourage you to consult with our experienced Social Security disability attorneys in Philadelphia, to guide you through the process.

Among others, these are some of the ways we can assist you in securing your Social Security disability benefits.

  • Case Evaluation: Evaluating the strength of your case to determine your eligibility for SSDI benefits.
  • Documentation Assistance: Assistance in gathering and organizing necessary medical records and other documentation required to support your claim.
  • Application Filing: Guiding you through the complex application process, ensuring that all paperwork is completed accurately and promptly and properly filed when you apply for disability benefits.
  • Representation at Hearings: If your claim is denied, we can assist you in filing an appeal, represent you at appeal hearings, and present your case before an administrative law judge.
  • Legal Expertise: We can provide legal advice based on decades of experience tailored to your specific situation, ensuring that you understand your rights and options at each step of the process.
  • No Upfront Costs: We work on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay if your claim is successful.

We urge you not to navigate the challenging SSDI application process alone. Contact the experienced firm of Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein for a free initial consultation to evaluate your claim for SSDI benefits.

With our expert legal assistance, you can maximize your chances of securing the benefits you deserve.

Posted on January 4th, 2024 by Leventhal, Sutton and Gornstein

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