Social security is a complex and sometimes intimidating process. When people need to apply for benefits, they will often seek counsel from those who have done so before. Because these people are often not fully aware of how the process works themselves, a number of myths and misunderstandings have begun to proliferate through society. Let’s attempt to set the record straight on a few of them
All Claims Are Denied on First Application
This might seem true because of the number of claims that are initially denied, but then what would be the point of the first application anyway? While it’s true that the majority of claims are denied the first time around, roughly one out of every three claims is accepted on first application. It is also important to remember that your claim can be appealed if you get an unfavorable first result.
Disability Hearings Guarantee an Approved Claim
You may be able to get a disability hearing if you appeal a denial decision on your claim, however these hearings do not guarantee your claim will be approved whatsoever. The purpose of these hearings is to demonstrate before a social security judge that your claim is valid; presenting a claim that has mediocre validity at best is a good way to ensure it is denied again. Be sure to retain experienced counsel who can help you put forward the best possible case for your injury hearing.
Social Security is Only for Older Workers
While it is true that the vast majority of those receiving social security disability benefits are older in age, younger workers are beginning to proliferate into dangerous working positions at an increased rate. As a result, injuries are occurring and disabling them. There is no age requirement to receive SSD benefits, just as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. To find out more about whether or not you qualify, call our Richmond SSD lawyers today!
I Must Choose Between SSD Income & Workers’ Compensation
If you are being awarded workers’ compensation benefits due to a work accident, this does not make you ineligible to receive SSD. You still can definitely apply and if your claim is accepted you can receive SSD benefits as well. That being said, your benefits from SSD can be reduced by the amount you are receiving as part of workers’ compensation, so your claim may be denied if the court deems your workers’ compensation benefits to be enough.
If you have been disabled in Richmond and need assistance applying to receive Social Security benefits, the skilled legal team at Harbison Kavanagh may be able to assist you. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined professional experience helping those who need financial assistance to help them lead a comfortable and productive life.Contact Harbison Kavanagh today by calling (804) 823-2050 to schedule a free initial consultation.