3 Social Security Disability Myths

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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As a Social Security Lawyer in Aurora For more than 50 years, we have heard several myths surrounding the Social Security disability program. We have dedicated our careers to helping clients successfully navigate the complex rules, bureaucracy, and procedures of the SSA. Our dedication to a single legal practice area has allowed our team to develop an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience that truly benefits our clients. We believe it is very important for our clients to know the real facts about the disability program in order to understand how they can benefit from the program. As your local Social Security Lawyer in Aurora, I have created a list of three common myths surrounding the Social Security disability program.

Myth 1: Once you’re receiving SSDI, you’re on it for life.

You can definitely receive SSDI for life, however, it is not automatic. Your medical condition will periodically be reviewed by the Social Security Administration. If your condition is likely to improve, the first review will typically be around 6 to 18 months after the date you first become disabled. Reviews are typically done every three years.

Myth 2: SSDI is designed to be a short-term program.

You can only apply for disability benefits if your disability is expected to be long-term (12 months or longer) or if your condition is viewed as terminal. The program is reserved for those with the most severe impairments in the country. There are private programs that will pay you for short-term or partial disability, however, Social Security does not. Some states do award temporary funds to those who can’t work because of illness. Contact your state’s Department of Labor to see if you qualify.

Myth 3: If my doctor says that I am disabled, it guarantees that I will qualify.

The SSDI decision is a legal decision, not a medical one. The doctor who treats your disability will be providing a detailed report about your condition. Your doctor must be credible, honest, professional, and provide detailed information. Once the information and details are filed, the decision is then up to the Social Security Administration.

Do you have any questions about the Social Security disability program? Call to talk to a Social Security lawyer in Aurora today at (847) 299-0008.

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