When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Here is a list of common misconceptions when it comes to disability.
It will only take a few months to be approved for benefits.
This sadly is typically not the case. Currently Social Security is facing a backlog which is making applying for disability take even longer. Right now the current wait time is between 6-24 months. The reason for this large time span is that your wait time will be dependent on what stage of the process you are approved on. For 66% of all approved disability claims, this means you will not be approved until you have had a hearing. This means that your wait time will be closer to 24 months.
I will get approved for benefits on the first go around.
It is a common misconception that the majority of people who apply for disability are just looking for a free handout and are not actually disabled. This is not the case. The large majority of disability applicants do have a condition(s) that severely limit their ability to work. This means that although you may believe you are going to be one of the lucky few who get approved the first go around, chances are you will be denied initially. This is why it is important to always appeal your unfavorable decisions as most people are not approved until they have had a hearing.
I will be getting benefits similar to what I was making before I became disabled.
While it is true that Social Security does determine how much you will be receiving from your previous earnings, they only will take a fraction of it. To determine how much you will be receiving feel free to check out our post on calculating disability benefits.
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If you are unable to work and would like to apply for disability benefits, call our office today. Our experienced disability lawyers will fight for you to get the benefits you deserve. We will also ensure you get approved as quickly as possible and for as much money as possible. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. There is $0 up front and we will only accept a fee if we are able to get you benefits. Call today for your free consultation.