Learn The Three Myths About SSDI Claims & What They Mean
Any person who has been seriously injured and has a limited or no ability to work as a result of their injuries probably has questions about filing for Social Security Disability benefits. There are three major myths that can keep people from being able to pursue their claim effectively.
First of all, far too many people assume that the system is there to protect them and that everyone at the social security administration is telling you everything you need to know. Rather you need to advocate for yourself and stay on top of your claim throughout the process. Make sure that you send in all of your materials, return receipt requested prior to a deadline. Having an experienced attorney can help you determine whether or not the information you have received from social security administration employees is accurate or not.
A second common myth is individuals being under the impression that their claim is different from anyone else who’s been denied. Did you know that over 70% of SSDI claims are initially denied? Another 40% are denied after an appeal hearing. There is no emotional investment in your claim outside of you and potentially your attorney so you need to assume that you need someone to advocate for your best interests. Having the right lawyer can help you.
The third major myth that many people approach the process of applying for SSDI with is that they believe they cannot apply for benefits until they have waited a minimum of 12 months after becoming disabled. This is simply not true. You are eligible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. The main reason people get this confused is that your disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death in order to initiate your application and this rule causes a lot of confusion. Having an experienced SSDI attorney walk you through the process is strongly recommended.
Concerned about the status of your SSDI claim? The right MS lawyer can help you figure out next steps so you can protect your claim going forward.