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What are some Social Security Disability and SSI myths?




 
Some of the more notable myths and fallacies about SSD and SSI are as follows:

1. They always deny a claim for disability the first time you apply. Is that true? Well, in actuality, roughly 70 percent of initial claims are denied nationwide (inital claims = disability applications). So, while most claims are initially denied, obviously not all are.

2. You can't win disability without a disability attorney. Well, a disability representative (of the attorney or non-attorney variety) can certainly make a difference in one's chances of being awarded disability benefits. However, the majority of individuals who win disability benefits at the initial claim level (30 percent of applications) or after a request for reconsideration has been filed (15 percent of reconsideration appeals)...are probably not represented. So, obviously, you don't need an attorney to win disability.

However, it would, in general terms be foolish to go to a disability hearing with an administrative law judge without the benefit of representation. And, in fact, my own opinion is that it isn't a bad idea to get representation after the denial of a disability application. After all, the next step is the reconsideration and only 15 of every 100 reconsideration appeals get approved.








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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your social security disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing