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New Port Richey Social Security Attorney Clarifies Social Security Disability Myths and Truths

Don’t let popular misconceptions about this important benefit scare you away from claiming what is rightfully yours

Social security disability is an important benefit for those who are no longer able to work, either because of physical or mental disability. Yet many people do not apply for the benefits they need, or do not fight to appeal their case if they are denied benefits, simply because of widespread misconceptions about the program.

It is important that you learn all you can about your rights concerning social security disability benefits. The experienced New Port Richey Social Security income lawyer at the Rooth Law Firm can give you the guidance you need.

Some of the most common myths surrounding Social Security disability income benefits include:

Myth: Certain medical conditions or disabilities will automatically qualify you for benefits.

Truth: Nothing is ever guaranteed for Social Security disability benefits. While the Social Security Administration does list specific conditions that qualify for disability benefits, each application is still carefully reviewed on its own merits. For example, rheumatoid arthritis is a listed condition, but if the problem is not severe enough to limit a person’s work, it may not qualify for disability benefits. In contrast, conditions that are not listed by the SSA may qualify for disability benefits if they can be shown to interfere with a person’s ability to work. Our experienced New Port Richey Social Security attorney reviews your case and provides sound guidance and builds the best argument on your behalf.

Myth: You will receive back pay if you are approved for benefits.

Truth: In most cases, this is true, but not always. Again, each case is evaluated on its own merits. However, the majority of applicants do receive benefits dating back to when they first applied for disability. Sometimes, applicants can even get benefits dating to when they first became disabled, even before they applied for benefits.

Myth: Children’s disability claims are approved more easily than adult claims.

Truth: Children’s disability claims can actually be much harder to win. Many of the conditions that would affect children, such as asthma, learning disabilities or seizure disorders, can improve over time. Many factors also go into determining the severity of the condition, such as the medication being taken, special assistance received at school, and the frequency of attacks. Proving that the condition is disabling can be very difficult. Trust an experienced New Port Richey Social Security attorney to present the facts and fight for compensation.

Myth: Social Security disability is plagued by widespread fraud.

Truth: The Government Accountability Office conducted an investigation into social security disability fraud in 2011 and found an error rate of only 0.6 percent for issuing benefits. It is hard to imagine that many cases of fraud could be perpetuated against the system, since such a large number of Social Security disability claims are rejected.

Contact a skilled New Port Richey SSD/SSI attorney today for guidance on claims or denials

Working with a skilled Social Security disability lawyer can help you understand the complex SSD benefits system. New Port Richey Social Security attorney Joe Rooth, of The Rooth Law Firm, is ready to answer all of your questions and give you reliable guidance about your SSD/SSI claim. If your claim has been denied, we help you fight for benefits. Contact our office today at (727) 849-3400 or contact us online.


About Joseph Rooth

I am a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives.
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