My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
Applying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits looks easy on paper. In practice, however, the process is complex, and it's easy to make mistakes that could stall your application or stop you from getting benefits at all. Here are two mistakes people make when applying for Social Security disability benefits and how to avoid them.
Trying to Collect Unemployment and SSD at the Same Time
One mistake people make when applying for Social Security disability benefits is they try to get those benefits while also collecting unemployment. Although Social Security doesn't have an official policy prohibiting people from receiving unemployment benefits while on SSD, the two programs are incompatible with each other in one important way.
The unemployment program requires recipients to be capable of doing full-time work and actively look for it while receiving weekly paychecks. On the other hand, SSD requires applicants to prove they are unable to work in order to be approved for cash and other benefits. Not only can this type of conflict result in your applications for both programs to be denied, but you could be subjected to criminal charges if the government agencies responsible for these benefits feel you've committed fraud.
It's perfectly reasonable to apply for SSD while collecting unemployment if your circumstances change and you become incapable of working full-time. Be upfront about this with the administrators of both programs to avoid legal complications and be prepared to lose your unemployment benefits when (and many times even before) you are approved for SSD.
Staying with an Unsupportive Healthcare Provider
Another mistake some applicants make is continuing to work with healthcare providers who are not supportive of their quests to obtain Social Security disability benefits. Your doctor plays a crucial role in helping you get approved for benefits, as Social Security bases their decisions on medical reports outlining your limitations and capabilities. A healthcare provider who is not supportive of your goal may unintentionally sabotage your efforts in a number of ways, including submitting required paperwork late or not at all and failing to provide enough information about your condition for the Social Security Administration to render a decision.
If your doctor is slow to respond to requests to fill out paperwork and send records, makes statements that indicate bias against you or SSD recipients, or becomes unreachable altogether, it's essential you switch providers as soon as possible.
For more information about these issues or help with a SSD case, contact a social security attorney.