The confusion and lack of information regarding application for successful approval for disability benefits has spawned lots of misconceptions about the whole disability benefits process. That is why most of the people hesitate to even file a claim even if they are qualified. For those claimants who have diminished trust with the system, this article may be worth reading.
Many are led to believe that the SSA automatically denies all applications the first time. To answer that myth, there is no regulation or policy that controls the SSA disability system in such a way that all initial applications get automatically denied. It is a fact that 60 to 70 percent of these applications get denied, but only because claimants never realize what they should do to improve their chances of winning the benefits. More so, claimants do the mistake of filing new applications in response to claim denials instead of appealing.
Another myth surrounding social security is that the SSA denies disability claims often in order to save government money. Definitely this is not true. Disability examiners use specific policies in relation to quality control for approving and disapproving claims so as to make sure that the decisions do not get corrected once the finished cases get screened for final approval. More often than not, disability examiners tend to be quite unyielding whenever they wish to approve a claim, for worries that returned cases for corrections may affect their job performance. The effect therefore is that quality control has an impact on the number of disapproved cases. It is simply unintelligent then to think that the government attempts to save money by denying rightful claims.
There is another misconception though regarding the age at which you applied for your disability claim. There is no general ruling for any age limit at which a claimant may get approved for disability. It is just more favorable for older people to win SSI benefits, but generally, a claimant's case is decided on the substantiality of the medical evidence presented, and the capacity of the person to return to his past work, or to be engaged in some other types of work.
People may only understand so much about the intricacies of the whole system. But if you really are pursing a claim and wants to be sure of all the right information about its procedures, it is a sound advice then to seek assistance from a legal representative or attorney.