3 Myths and Misconceptions about Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a vitally important safety net program that provides income for people whose disabilities prevent them from working. If you have a serious long-term disabling condition, you should be receiving Social Security Disability benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to go through the application process to try to obtain benefits. 

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the SSD program that could prevent qualified disabled applicants from getting the income they need. You should learn the truths about the myths and misconceptions so you can make informed choices about trying to get disability income when you cannot work. 

Myths and Misconceptions about Social Security Disability

Three common misconceptions many people have about the disability system include:

  • Getting disability benefits is impossible: It is true that it can be very difficult to get approved for benefits, since more than half of all initial applications are denied. However, there is an appeals process and many people ultimately do end up getting a benefits claim approved with help from an attorney. Those with certain conditions on the Compassionate Allowances List can also typically get benefits approved more quickly and easily. 
  • You can only get disability benefits if you are low income: While Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are means-tested and needs-based, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits are not. You should be eligible for SSDI as long as you’ve earned enough work credits. 
  • Getting disability benefits means you must give up work forever: There are programs that allow you to try to return to work when receiving SSDI which do not cause you to lose your benefits as you attempt to re-join the workforce. 

You need to find out the truth about Social Security Disability if you are disabled. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to understand how the SSD program works and can assist you in getting benefits if you are qualified to be covered. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you.