Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits
Applying for Social Security disability benefits can often be an intimidating and time-consuming process. Understanding how the system works can make the difference between winning and not winning the disability benefits to which you are entitled. The following are some common Social Security disability myths and misconceptions.
Myth 1: The Social Security Administration denies everyone the first time they apply for disability benefits.
This is absolutely not true! SSA has no regulation, policy, or formula that influences the disability system in such a way that every first application for social security disability benefits is automatically denied. It is easy to see, however, why people would believe that such a policy exists. Nationwide, about 70% of all disability claims are denied on the first application filed. That’s where Disability Group can help!
Getting your case approved is not an easy task and many people are not well enough to fight the system alone. According to Richard P. Morris, the former President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, getting legal representation improves your chances of winning by over 24%. Lawyers who specialize in this area, like Disability Group, know the details of the process and how to improve your chances of winning your case. Call us today at (800) 248-1100!
Myth 2: The Social Security Administration will deny you a certain number of times before you are approved.
Also not true! Just as claims are not automatically denied on the first application, neither are they denied a certain number of times before they are approved. But, with 70% of initial claims being denied, what can you do to improve the chances of getting approved? Many people simply file applications over and over again, hoping to be approved, this is not the answer. In fact, it could serve to harm your claim. Absent additional evidence, SSA will keep denying you if you continue to file new applications instead of an appeal.
We have vast experience in processing, developing and winning claims for social security disability and supplemental security income benefits. We have performed literally thousands of hearings before Administrative Law Judges in all parts of the country. We have developed streamlined case management systems to ensure that your case is won at the earliest possible convenience with the maximum award of past due benefits. Call us at (800) 248-1100 today to find out how we can help you!
Myth 3: Hiring an Attorney to help me with my claim is an unnecessary cost at a time when I am out of work.
Disability Group works on a contingency basis, so we do not get paid unless you win your case. Further, federal law regulates what a Social Security Attorney can charge. Currently, an attorney only receives up to 25% of the back pay on benefits, to a maximum of no more than $6,000. This means that when you win your case, Disability Group will only receive a portion of what is due to you — and will not get any of the money you are entitled to thereafter. This is very beneficial to clients pursuing benefits because retaining an attorney that specializes in Social Security Disability dramatically increases your chances of being approved. So, call today for a free consultation at (800) 248-1100.