Many people 50 years of age or older believe some common misconceptions about Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. There are many reasons why these misconceptions are floating around. Some misconceptions are based on the unclear process for those 50 years of age, the special rules for those over 50, and rumors from family and friends.
SSD benefits are judged on a case by case basis and you shouldn’t make assumptions about your case or the process because of another person’s experience.
Here are some common misconceptions about Social Security disability benefits for those over 50:
Anyone Over 50 Years of Age Can Receive Social Security Disability Benefits
False. There are many requirements that people have to meet to receive full SSD benefits. If you fail to meet the criteria, or miss deadlines, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not hesitate to deny your claim.
I Know Someone Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits and My Problems Are Way Worse So I Know That I’ll Get Approved
False. While you may be correct that the other person on SSD benefits may not have problems as bad as yours, that doesn’t mean that you are more likely to be approved. Many other factors play into the speed and chance of success, like your age and work history. Even such things as the SSA examiner that’s assigned to look at your claim may be a factor. There are special rules for those over 50 years of age that you need to be aware of before beginning the process.
I Already Receive VA Disability Benefits So I’m Automatically Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits
False. The VA and the Social Security Administration have very different standards and it is frankly much easier to secure some level of VA disability benefits that SSD/SSI benefits in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
My Doctor Says I’m Disabled So I Will Automatically Get Social Security Disability Benefits
False. It’s the SSA that determines if you are disabled or not. That being said, having a strong statement from your doctor will certainly help increase your chances of success, but nothing is guaranteed. Many people get denied because of mistakes in the application process or failing to follow the special rules for those over 50 years of age. Having a doctor’s note doesn’t mean that you can neglect other aspects of the application process.
No One Receives Social Security Disability Benefits The First Time They Apply
False. While it is true that the majority of applications are denied the first time, it’s certainly not all of them. Many factors go into whether your claim is approved or denied. If you fill out your paperwork correctly, don’t miss deadlines, and your disabilities are very well documented, you may get approved after your first application.
That being said, if your benefits application is denied, don’t worry because it won’t hurt your chances of getting approved after an appeal. If your claim is denied, time is of the essence. You only have 60 days to file an appeal or reconsideration in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Waiting does you no good. Contact The Krebs Law Firm today to discuss appealing your denial in order to be seen in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
Hiring An Arkansas Disability Lawyer Won’t Be Beneficial To My Case
False. Hiring an experienced Arkansas disability lawyer will tremendously help your chances to receive Social Security disability benefits. People over 50 have special rules that greatly favor them in certain circumstances. Mistakes in the application process can severally hurt your chances of winning. You should speak with an Arkansas disability lawyer BEFORE you apply.
Once a claim is denied, you must start the appeals process and request to have your case reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge. This is a more complex process than filling out an application. Hiring an experienced disability attorney will help through the process, and prepare you for the hearing to show the judge what they need in order to get you approved for the benefits.