SSD and SSI Myths
Learn the Truth About Social Security Disability Benefits
There are quite a few falsehoods circulating about Social Security Disability benefits and supplemental security income benefits. This may be because most people do not have a good understanding of what the Social Security Administration does. Simply put, the SSA and other programs were put in place to provide help when people are in need. We encourage you to read up on the benefits they provide and to understand your rights. An educated lawyer can provide much information and helpful knowledge if you are looking to obtain benefits through the SSA.
Here at Disability Action Advocates, we will start by clearing up some of the more common myths.
You are not allowed to work at all while receiving SSD benefits. The SSA rules allow you to work on a trial basis and still receive full benefits in many cases. You are also allowed to work while receiving SSI. You must report your work and earnings each month and adjustments may be made to your benefits.
All claims for disability are denied after first application. While a very high percentage, over half, of the initial claims are rejected, not all of them are. Many of the rejections are due to clerical errors and insufficient information provided. Submitting a complete and easy-to-follow claim with all necessary information will greatly increase your chances of approval on initial application.
You must have been unable to work for 12 months before you can apply for benefits. This is a common misunderstanding involving the definition of disabled. To be eligible, you must be unable to work for at least 12 months. You can apply immediately upon becoming disabled. We can help you prove that your disability will prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
Providing You With Educated Legal Answers
Don't allow the confusions and falsehoods to spread and to hinder you from receiving the benefits you deserve. Get the facts from a reliable source. Our firm has specialized in helping the disabled for 17 years. We know the system inside out and upside down. We know the common points of failure in the process and we will work diligently to help you avoid roadblocks so that you can resolve your claim and receive the benefits you need and deserve. Call an Oakland Social Security disability attorney at our firm today.