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Common misconceptions about claiming disability benefits

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2019 | Firm News

If you are unable to work because of your disability, you will need to take action in order to claim disability benefits in Texas. Doing so will help you to support yourself and your family financially. However, many people have reservations when filing for disability. This is often because of things they have been told by others about the process.

If you are concerned about filing for disability benefits because you believe you will be unsuccessful, or perhaps because you think you may be judged, it is important to address these beliefs. The following are some of the misconceptions that disabled people have when considering filing for disability benefits.

They will be thought to be lazy

Many people are reluctant to file for disability benefits because they are worried about how they will be perceived by family, friends and society as a whole. If you have worked when you are able, and you are now suffering from a disabling condition, you deserve to be compensated for your situation.

What really matters is the way that you perceive your own choices in life and the decisions you make to support your family. If you are able to successfully gain disability benefits, it means that you truly deserve them.

The system is designed for failure

It’s true that filing for disability benefits can be challenging. This is because you will need to provide sufficient proof that you are suffering from a disability that prevents you from being able to carry out meaningful work. Additionally, the administrative process can be lengthy, and even the most minor inaccuracies can lead to a denied application.

However, this does not mean that the system is designed to cause people to fail in their applications. By being conscientious and acting with full knowledge of the law, you should be successful.

How much will I get?

Disability benefits will never be awarded excessively, but they should be enough to help you to pay for medical bills as well as day-to-day living if you are unable to earn any substantial income.

If you are considering whether to take action to claim disability benefits, it is important that you take the time to do your research. You should be well informed on the different types of disability benefits so that you know what you are eligible for.