When Mythbusters was on the Discovery Channel, it was must-see tv. Each week hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman would test the validity of rumors, urban legends, movie scenes, Internet videos, and news stories. The guys, who have backgrounds in special effects, would often build (and destroy!) elaborate experiments, machines, and sets in search of the truth.
Over the years the show ran, it was shocking to learn that things we had always assumed were true were likely myths. But it was just as shocking when things we assumed would be easily mythbusted turned out to be true.
In this blog post, we hope to capture some of that mythbusting spirit by exploring three common myths about Social Security Disability (SSD).
MYTH: A doctor’s note stating you are disabled is all you need in order to start receiving SSD benefits.
False. Medical documentation of your disability is important, but that is not the only thing you need in order to start receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Think of a medical diagnosis as a first step. From there you need to apply for benefits through the Social Security Administration. It is a relatively straightforward process, but many applicants are denied benefits they deserve because they made a small error on their application. Seelig Law Offices can help you put together a strong, accurate application that will increase the likelihood of you getting the benefits you deserve.
MYTH: Once you start receiving benefits, you will keep receiving them for the rest of your life.
False. Social Security Disability benefits are only available to people who meet the Social Security Administration’s eligibility requirements. If you heal and are no longer disabled, your benefits will end. SSA officials will periodically conduct a medical review to see if you’re still considered disabled and remain eligible for benefits.
MYTH: If you go back to work, you will lose your benefits.
Partially True: SSDI is designed to compensate individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. If you qualify for disability benefits, then later return to work, it is possible your benefits will be cut off. It depends on how much you are able to work, and what sort of work you are doing. The Seelig Law team can advise you if you are interested and able to return to work but are still injured or ill and therefore not able to fully support yourself as you did in the past.
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We’re glad we were able to bust some common myths about Social Security Disability benefits, but we know there are many New Yorkers out there with specific questions we did not address. The best way to get answers to your specific questions is to contact the Seelig Law Group for a free consultation. We can go into a lot more detail and discuss issues that are specific to you, in person or over the phone.