7 Disability Myths You Shouldn’t Fall For

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With all the challenges that a disability brings, you don’t need Social Security disability myths and misinformation making your disability benefits application harder or more confusing. Below, we’ll share a bare-bones look at some common disability myths and what the truth is that will help you get the benefits you need with fewer roadblocks.



Disability Myths: Don’t Fall For Them!

7 Disability Myths

From Our 7 Disability Myths Infographic:

  1. All first-time applications get denied.
    1. Though a majority get denied — approximately 67% — you aren’t out of the running, especially if you have a legal aid helping with your application.
  2. It takes years to be approved.
    • Disabilities on the Compassionate Allowance list are approved faster, and applicants who have a legal aid often avoid delays.
  3. You aren’t eligible for SSD benefits for 12 months after becoming disabled.
    • If your doctor estimates you will be out of work for at least a year, you should apply for disability benefits right away to get the process started.
  4. People under 50 can’t get approved.
    • Statistical data shows that an estimated 27% of all beneficiaries are aged 49 and under.
  5. People who have never worked receive SSDI benefits.
    • SSDI benefits require that you have worked 5 out of the last 10 years and contributed part of your wages to Social Security through your taxes.
  6. Mental disorders like anxiety and depression are extremely difficult to get approved.
    • In previous years, over 27% of beneficiaries — more than 2.4 million workers — received benefits based on non-intellectual disabilities.
  7. Getting a legal aid is too expensive.
    • Legal aids like attorneys and advocates can only receive 25% of any back pay awarded, or $6,000 — whichever is the smaller amount.

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Less than 1 in 4 disabled workers are usually approved for Social Security disability benefits. There is never been a more critical time to have legal aid by your side to get the benefits you need. Get a free case evaluation today to see if you may qualify for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Social Security attorney or advocate.

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