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Uncovering Social Security Disability Myths

Burke Law PLLC Jan. 24, 2018

There are countless preconceived notions and myths regarding Social Security Disability benefits and the process of receiving them. Below, please find five common myths debunked. Do not see what you are looking for? Contact Burke Law, PLLC today.

MYTH. Everyone is approved Social Secuity Disability benefits.

FACT: Strict eligibility requirements must be met in order to have a successful Social Security Disability claim. To be successful, a claimant must provide extensive medical evidence proving the existence of severe medical conditions that will render them incapable of performing substantial work. The truth is only approximately 30% of initial applicants are approved and, ultimately, less than four out of every ten claims are approved throughout the entire process.

MYTH: I must qualify for disability benefits because my doctor says that I am disabled.

FACT: This is simply not true. In fact, the Social Security Administration is quick to dismiss a doctor’s conclusion that someone is “disabled.” The reason for this is that whether someone meets the definition of “disabled” as it pertains to Social Security Disability benefits is for the Social Security Administration alone to determine. What is helpful, however, is your doctor’s opinions as to how you are limited due to your symptoms along with medical evidence supporting those opinions.

MYTH: A veteran who received a 100% permanent and total disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs will certainly be found disabled by the Social Security Administration.

FACT: Unfortunately, this is not true. As discussed above, whether someone meets the definition of “disabled” as it pertains to Social Security Disability benefits is for the Social Security Administration to determine. Historically, the Social Security Administration did give VA ratings special consideration, but this changed as a result of newly implemented rules. However, a claim for a veteran with a 100% permanent and total disability rating may be expedited through the claim process for Social Security Disability benefits.

MYTH: People approved for Social Security Disability benefits receive them for their lifetime.

FACT: The Social Security Administration conducts periodic reviews of approved Social Security Disability claims. During these reviews, the Social Security Administration determines whether or not the person continues to meet their definition of “disabled” or whether that person has improved to the point where the disability has ended.

MYTH: I cannot afford a Social Security Disability attorney.

FACT: Most Social Security Disability attorneys, including Burke Law, PLLC, work on a contingency basis, which means that they only get paid if successful in getting your claim approved. Moreover, the Social Security Administration has strict laws and regulations regarding how much an attorney can charge in these situations and must approve all fee agreements.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in pursuing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits contact Burke Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.