Debunking Three Common Misconceptions about Social Security Disability
There’s a lot of incorrect information circulating about Social Security Disability. This is understandable because navigating the process of filing a Social Security Disability claim can be complicated. Due to the process’s complexity, these myths continue to persist. Some of the most common myths about the process include:
1: Everyone Gets Denied the First Time they Apply for Disability
While it’s true that most first-time applications are denied, not everyone gets rejected at first. To improve your chances of getting approved with a first-time application, you must obtain the appropriate medical records from your doctors. The documents should reveal details about your disabling condition. It is also essential to consider hiring a professional to get the legal representation and advice you need to navigate the process.
2: Before Applying for Benefits, You Must be Disabled for a Year
The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a disabled applicant as one with a physical or mental impairment that can last not less than one year or cause early death. However, you don’t need to be disabled for a year to apply for the benefits.
Suppose you have a determinable physical or medical impairment that lasted for a few months, but your doctor expects the condition could last more than a year. In that case, you may be eligible to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits.
3: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the same as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are two different terms. SSI is a program established for disabled individuals with a financial need. SSDI is a program for disabled individuals who have worked for at least five years out of the ten years before becoming disabled.
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