Myths and legends abound about who can get Social Security disability benefits and SSI, what helps you get it, what prevents you from getting it, and more. Here are some the the most common misconceptions about Social Security disability.
Myth 1: Social Security denies everyone the first time they apply for disability.
Myth 2: A statement from your physician supporting your case can automatically get you approved for benefits.
Myth 3: Certain conditions, disabilities, or medical health problems can get you automatically approved for benefits.
Myth 4: You can't be awarded Social Security disability benefits if you have ever used drugs or alcohol.
Myth 5: Everyone who gets approved for disability receives back pay (past due benefits) as well.
Myth 6: You will receive a decision on a disability claim in 90 to 120 days.
Myth 7: The consultative medical exam that Social Security sends you to is to is for the purpose of providing medical treatment.
Myth 8: Children's disability claims are more easily approved than Social Security claims pursued by adults.
Myth 9: You are not allowed to work and have earned income if you are applying for disability.
Myth 10: Disability benefits cannot be seized for child support payment purposes.