Some of the most common misconceptions about Social Security Disability include:

You are not allowed to work if you are applying for Social Security benefits.

People often think that they are not allowed to work at all while applying for Social Security Disability benefits. This is certainly not the case. You may be able to file for disability benefits if you are still working, but only if your monthly gross earned income is below the annual substantial gainful activity (SGA) level for that year. In 2012, the SGA level is considered to be $1,010.00 of gross earnings.

The Social Security Administration denies everyone on the first application.

While it can be true that the Social Security Administration denies many of the claims submitted, it is also true that you can win your case the first time you apply. The best way to achieve success the first time is to know what you are doing or to work with an attorney who does. At the LaPorte Law Firm, we handle hundreds of SSDI and SSI disability claims each year. With decades of experience and an clear knowledge of exactly what it takes to make a disability claim successful, you can trust that you will be guided every step of the way through the processing of your disability claim.

With offices throughout Northern California, including San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, San Bruno, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Stockton, Jackson, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, as well as Reno, Nevada, our experienced attorneys and representatives will help you get the benefits you deserve. Each of our staff members is compassionate, caring and feels fortunate to practice law in an area that allows us to continue our life work of helping others.

If you are young, you cannot win a disability case.

Many people in their 20s and 30s mistakenly believe that it is impossible to win an SSDI or SSI claim. This is certainly not true. If you have a work history, and if you have a disability that will prevent you from working for one year or longer, you may be eligible for benefits — regardless of your age.

Many times, people hold off from applying for the Social Security Disability
and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits that they need
because they have a misconception about them.

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