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Setting The Record Straight On Common SSD Myths

There are many misconceptions around Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD/SSD). Unfortunately, those myths prevent many people from seeking the benefits they could qualify for.

If you are unable to work due to a disability, you owe it to yourself to consider whether you’re eligible for SSD benefits. Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Daniel Berger can review your situation and provide guidance on whether you qualify. We offer free consultations.

Below are some of the most common myths we encounter about SSD/SSD.

Myth No. 1: Only Applicants Nearing Retirement Qualify For SSD Benefits

False. Generally, you must have an adequate work history in order to qualify for SSD, but you don’t need to be anywhere near retirement.

Myth No. 2: You Must Be Disabled For A Year Before You Can File For Disability Benefits

False. To qualify as a disability, your condition must be projected to last at least one year. However, you can apply as soon as you become disabled. There is a five-month waiting period from the date you became disabled before your benefits will kick in.

Myth No. 3: SSD Benefits Are Only For Physical Disabilities

False. Psychological disorders such as bipolar, depression, anxiety and autism can be just as disabling as physical health conditions. People with mental disabilities have just as much of a right to disability benefits. In fact, the Social Security Administration includes numerous psychological disorders on its published list of recognized disabilities.

Myth No. 4: If Your Initial Application Was Denied, You’re Out Of Luck

False. There is a robust appeals process for overturning wrongful denials. It’s important to work with a lawyer on your appeal so that you don’t face further setbacks.

Let Us Help You Get The Benefits You Deserve

We can fight for you at every step in the process, from the initial application through the appeals process and even in federal court (something not many lawyers excel at). Here, you will benefit from the insight of a legal team that has been focusing solely on disability law since 1996.
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