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Avoid These Common SSD Myths

Because the Social Security process is so complex and often leads to frustration after a denied claim, a number of myths have begun to circulate regarding the application process and other aspects of the Social Security programs. At Smolich & Smolich, our Sacramento Social Security disability lawyers can set the record straight on these myths and provide you with reputable legal advice that can give your claim the best chance at success.

All New Claims Are Denied On First Application

Recent statistics actually say that about one in three claims is accepted on its first application. Now these are not particularly good odds (since roughly two out of three are denied), but the advice and experience of a skilled attorney can help maximize your chances of having your claim accepted the first time.

Disability Hearings Guarantee Claim Acceptance

The actual reality is there is no statistical way to back this up. Judges do deny a number of claims, and the odds of your claim being denied is largely dependent on the acceptance/denial rates of your particular judge. While over 50% of claims that are heard in SSD court are accepted, there is still no guarantee your claim will be.

I Cannot Receive SSD and Other Benefits Simultaneously

For people who qualify for both social security disability and supplemental security income, you could potentially receive benefits of both at the same time. While it is not particularly common, there is a chance you could potentially be awarded both forms of income. You may also be able to receive SSD and workers’ compensation benefits simultaneously. An SSD attorney will be able to help you better determine which programs you qualify for and then provide you with highly-personalized assistance for whichever applications you need.

Social Security Is For Older Workers

There actually is no age limit to qualify for SSD benefits, and in many cases those who are younger actually require fewer work credits in order to be eligible to receive. Additionally, disabled children may be able to receive benefits if their working parent qualifies. While the majority of SSD collectors are older people, do not let your age stop you from discovering whether or not you qualify to receive benefits you need.

Need assistance with filing for Social Security disability or Supplemental Security income? Call Smolich & Smolich today at (916) 571-0400 and schedule a free consultation!

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