SSD and SSI Myths
There are many false ideas circulating about SSD and SSI. It is important to go to the proper source when trying to gain knowledge about anything. Otherwise, these myths can grow to large proportions! We will clear up here some of the common SSD and SSI myths that we have heard in our 35 years combined practice. Read through them and then contact our office if you have other questions or uncertainties about SSD benefits or SSI benefits for you or a loved one.
If I can't work I am entitled to benefits.
This is not necessarily true. The Social Security Administration has exact distinctions regarding the inability to work due to a disability. A disability must be long-term. This means that a doctor or medical professional would be able to state that your disability will last at least one year. Additionally, for SSD benefits, you must have paid into the system in order to receive benefits. Part of the application process involves showing that you have earned sufficient credits to qualify.
I am disabled and over 65 so I should get SSI and SSD benefits.
A person who is eligible for SSD and SSI is only allowed to receive one. The Social Security Administration will pay whichever benefit is the highest.
I can only use an attorney to help me once I have been denied benefits.
Any person who is about to apply for, or has already begun the process, has the right to obtain legal representation. Involving an attorney at the beginning of the process can often save an applicant a great deal of time and frustration.
I haven't been disabled for a full year yet, so I have to wait to apply.
This common myth loses many individuals much of their benefits. To be eligible, your disability must last one year or more. You can begin the application process as soon as this is understood. If you are disabled and your doctor has told you it will be at least a year before you will be able to return to work, you should immediately apply.
Our Team Provides You with the Facts
No matter what you have heard about SSD or SSI benefits, the application process or appeals, make sure you have been properly and accurately informed. Our office is here to provide you with the help you need to obtain your benefits. We bring a combined 35 years of experience to your case. Please don't hesitate to call us if you need help.