SSD and SSI Common Myths
Misconceptions Regarding Social Security Benefits
Information regarding Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be confusing. Many times statements are made about benefits that are not true. Here are some common myths and factual data regarding SSD and SSI.
- You cannot earn money when receiving SSD benefits. Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines allow an individual to earn up to $1000 a month while receiving SSD.
- You must be disabled for a year before you can apply for benefits. You do not have to wait a year to submit an application for benefits. According to SSA guidelines, you may be eligible for benefits if the impairment is expected to result in death or "has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months."
You will be denied benefits the first time you apply. The SSA does not automatically deny a first-time applicant. Whether or not your initial application is approved when it is initially submitted will depend on many factors. An experienced lawyer can review your case and give you valuable advice regarding the
- If you qualify for SSD, you will not be eligible for SSI. You may qualify for SSI depending on the amount of SSD benefits that you receive.
- You cannot apply for benefits if you are receiving workers' compensation. You can receive both Social Security benefits as well as workers' compensation. Your SSD benefits may be reduced depending on the amount of worker's compensation you are receiving.
- Your disability case will be re-evaluated every three years. Cases can be re-evaluated at different intervals depending on the situation. The SSA may determine that a re-evaluation should be conducted in a short period of time if they believe your condition is likely to improve.
If you have questions regarding SSD or SSI, contact Disability Action Advocates (DAA) for a free consultation. We can determine if you are eligible for benefits, and address any concerns you have regarding benefit payments.
Skilled Legal Help with Social Security Disability Issues
The chances of your SSA claim being approved will greatly increase when you are represented by an attorney that has experienced in cases involving Social Security disability benefits and
supplemental security income. DAA has helped thousands of clients over the years win their case, and can provide you with skilled assistance and committed advocacy. We know that benefits can make a significant difference in the quality of your life and will fight to obtain the financial assistance you deserve.