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#6 – Don’t make important decisions on your social security disability or SSI disability case based solely on what a friend, relative, or neighbor has told you. It’s just not a good idea.
Now, let me clarify. I’m not saying that you should completely discount the advice you’re given from people that you know. Some of this advice may actually be helpful, particularly if it comes from someone who has been through the disability filing and appeal process.
However, even from these individuals you can get faulty advice. Why? Because most disability claimants will only get a very limited view of how the system operates and, thus, will gain limited perceptions of why the system operates as it does.
Here’s a good example. I don’t know how many times I’ve been by a claimant, after they contacted me, that they filed a new disability application (shortly after being denied on a prior application). When I ask them why this was done, the answer has generally been equivalent to “That’s what someone told me to do. They said that you never get approved the first time you apply for disability so you need to apply again”.
Imagine the sound of a buzzer on the old Family Feud show. Yes, the majority of all applicants will be denied on an initial disability application. No, you should not file a brand new application if you get denied (in 99 out of 100 cases this is true). What should you do instead? File an appeal.
Now, in the example given above, you have to ask yourself, why would a former disability claimant give this kind of advice to a current disability claimant? That’s a good question and I’m absolutely sure that I don’t absolutely know the answer.
However, here’s my guess: I’ve noticed that a fair number of disability claimants confuse the concept of “appealing” with the concept of “filing a new application”. So, it may be that the individual who offered advice meant their friend (or neighbor or relative) should have filed an appeal (which, incidentally, a denied claimant should almost always do).
However, and unfortunately, this advice was misinterpreted, leaving the recipient of the advice to think they should file a new application (again, the sound of the wrong-answer buzzer).
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- Filing for disability for Bipolar Disorder
- Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving or applying for disability?
- What is considered a disability by Social Security?
- When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
- Applying for disability for Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis
- Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
- How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
- Social Security Disability and SSI Back pay
- What does a disability attorney do?
- Filing for disability for Fibromyalgia
- Filing for disability and conditions you can apply for
- Social Security Disability SSI list of conditions
- Social Security Disability SSI Award notice
- What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
- How do you prove disability for a mental condition or impairment?
- Social Security Disability requirements
- Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
- Do I need an attorney to win disability?
- Filing for disability for MS, multiple sclerosis
- Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
- How Many Times Will Social Security Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
- How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
- Maximum back pay from Social Security Disability or SSI
- Filing for disability for ADHD, attention deficit
- Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
- How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
- How do you qualify for disability?
- How to file for disability, the disability application
- How long does it take to get disability
- How long does it take a disability hearing decision?
- How much does disability pay?
- Social Security and Permanent disability
- Social Security Disability list of impairments
- How to speed up the disability process
- Social Security Disability Status
- Applying for disability with Depression
- How to check Social Security Disability Status
- Disability Requirements, SSD, SSI
- Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
- Questions about SSI Disability Benefits
- Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
- Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
- Tips and Advice for Social Security Disability and SSI
- Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
- What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
- How long does it take for Social Security Disability SSI?
- Winning Social Security Disability or SSI
- Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Benefits
- Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
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