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Social Security Disability: What NOT To Do

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The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is long and difficult. If you make the wrong move, you could RUIN your chances of getting benefits. In this video, David Henson--managing partner of HensonFuerst Attorneys--discusses what NOT to do during the application process.

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Applying for Social Security Disability is tough. At the time when you are feeling bad enough to be considered disabled, the agency seems to want to make the process as difficult as possible. If you want to make their job easier, I can help you with that.
Hi, I'm David Henson, managing partner with HensonFuerst Attorneys. We help people through the long and exhausting process of attaining Social Security Disability benefits everyday. Of the many things we've learned along the way, one lesson is clear: The SSA looks for reasons to reject your claim. Here are the top 5 things you can do to help SS shut you out.

1. Don't get medical care for your conditions.

2. Do drugs or alcohol.

3.Break the law, or end up in jail.

4.Don't keep your lawyer up-to-date on your situation.

5. Miss deadlines or appointments.

If you work hard all your life, and end up so injured or sick that you can no longer work, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. But just because you are eligible, that doesn't mean you are entitled. There is a world of reasons why your case may be not be approved...don't hand the courts a reason to deny your claim.
This is David Henson, with HensonFuerst Attorneys. For more information about how we can help you fight for your SSD benefits, visit our website at LAWMED.com/SocialSecurityDisability/. Or, call us at 1-800-4-LAWMED.

If you have questions, HensonFuerst has answers.

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Paco Shark . 2019-03-12
I went to my hearing today, I am bipolar II ...I told the judge I've been drug free for the past 5 to 6 years, been getting mental health treatment for the past 2 1/2 years .. I havent been able to keep my jobs because of fights at work due to my mood swings and bad attendance at work..do you think me telling them about my past drug use and agressive behaviour can be a reason to deny my benefits? I was told by my lawyer to be honest and I was
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Adam Baket . 2019-03-05
Great! Also you should check out "Mr. Social Security" YouTube channel if you want to learn more do/don'ts.
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Anon Mason . 2019-02-25
When your disability prevents you from making appointments...
They can use your ability to make appointments as proof you are not disabled.
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Tracy King . 2019-02-24
If you dont have doctor money.what do you do
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Luke Hall . 2019-02-23
How the hell can you go to the DR if you have no money or health insurance?They ain't free.
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Wendy Davis . 2019-02-19
Health care clinic refuses to release my medical records. I had to move out of area (was on Obamacare) and see another doctor after one failed SSDI application. No medical records showed up despite breast cancer, sigmoid colon resection, and other medical conditions. Now, I am destitute and have just reapplied. Physician I just saw noted physiological signs of sleep apnea of severe and chronic nature which may be why I have no energy, a “leaking heart valve,” and torn trapezius muscle on the right. Again, this California healthcare clinic refuses to issue my medical records - which are a chest x-ray, lab work. I have mitral valve insufficiency, a torn trapezius muscle on dominant right side, I have worked for 35 years in total. How can I get my medical records from this clinic?
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kamran tahawar . 2019-02-13
i am disable person and want to have monthly cash for medical care and daily living ,live in pakistan from the cash which had deposit of my real father in court ..do social security can arrange a free loaywer for me
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Kenny Wagnon . 2019-02-06
If you are poor Whites in America the government
Doesn't want you to have
Anything . just die is all they
Want .the social security
Was founded to protect?
The citizens in case of
Hardship condition of the citizens . this ahole government uses it to persecute and harrass the poor citizens .who have their jobs businesses and
Tax dollars wasted on foreign Invaders overrunning our country and
The affluent and government traitorous political agenda.
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Goo gle . 2019-01-27
I just got approved for disability. I have herniated and bulging disks from a fall at 24.

I have a chiropractor records that show I go almost everyday
I have an xray and and mri to show I'm injured
I have physical therapy (which doesn't work but I go anyway)
I have proof that I have been going for a year .

Everytime I cancel a doctors appointment I ask them to put in the notes that I'm in too much pain to get out bed and cant make my appointment

I did all the things that cause me injuries (bend over, do the dishes, walk) to show them what happens if I do day to day activities. As a result I couldnt walk and half crawled to get into the evaluation room

I was honest and explained I do have good days and if I have a good day I try to save it (resting though it and if i have a few good days in a row which is so rare I try to get out to do something even if it's just a walk in the park)

I explained how my injuries affected me and how hard it is to do day to day activities

I am approved now for disability.
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John S Green III . 2019-01-27
I've been on SSDI since 2013. I've had a couple of reviews and have had no problem with my claim... This is my question.. I want to live abroad .." Philippines " I'll be 63 in May.. Can I do this and not have to worry about losing my ssdi.... Any and all help would be greatly appreciated... Thanks.
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Tim Byrd . 2019-01-20
Thank you.
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demetraia butler . 2019-01-19
Question.What if you are on ssi/disability but can’t afford living expenses state of CA . Child support garnishments out of disability check , can you still work and collect disability if it’s part time ,low pay etc.???
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LLEGANCE . 2019-01-11
Such a great video! Very informative. Thanks!
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Rae S . 2019-01-08
Look at the listings of impairments to see if you qualify. https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm. You may have a very severe condition that may qualify you without much fuss. If you are older, more than age 55 and have worked at a strenuous job, your chances are good, even if you have used substances. Complete the function report honestly. Complete the work history report. If you don't remember your past jobs and dates, give estimates the best you can. And write on the form that the dates are estimated.
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snake pliskin2.0 . 2019-01-08
It took me 17 months to win mine with two denials and a hearing in front of administrative law judge and and then close to 90 days to start receiving benefits. I cannot count the times people ask me how saying they gave up after first denial. I always tell them to find a good law firm to represent you and a have a paper trail. My attorney received 25% of my back benefits for which I did not care. It's about securing the benefits for your disability not hitting the lottery and in addition your lawyer needs to get paid also. One of biggest excuses I hear is people don't want to have to pay attorneys fees which is a piss poor excuse. Not only that listen to your lawyer and do what he says so much as in people that don't follow their doctors orders and can't figure out why shit turned out wrong. My attorney once told me many claims are denied because of incomplete paperwork, missed deadlines done by people with know experience. Could go on forever here but one last thing is when you get your hearing before a judge how you present yourself and respond to his questions can be a factor. If you are truly disabled and know it do not quit.
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Annunzio Mantovani . 2019-01-03
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Irena Raia . 2018-12-19
You are full of it ,my ex was approved for a disability for life but working off the books just to avoid paying child support, making nearly $100k a year ,his lawyers helped him to cover the fraud ,plus got him huge settlement ,I've reported fraud few times and ssd don't care ,he still working in the same profession he is disabled for ,the court system is a joke and lawyers are crooks
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Mr. StarOfTruth . 2018-12-07
do agents watch your house to see if you are doing stuff.
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Link _ . 2018-11-23
They'll spend 650 million dollars on planes for war but won't approve disability
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Aidan . 2018-11-10
If you have medical records of your illness it shouldn’t take years or months to receive the benefit. You pay into the system you should get help when you need it. You shouldn’t have to prove you deserve anything!
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Sally Clay . 2018-11-04
They need to overhaul the welfare system in the 21st century. A system where people continually live off the government, and make, leeching a way of life, will eventually bankrupt our system as we all know it.
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hello1tucker . 2018-11-02
The intro reminds me of something from Tim and Eric
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Steven Erickson . 2018-10-26
I claimed ssa disability and then moved to Thailand. Took early retirement and after 2 years my disability claim was approved on the first pass so received a hefty back payment. After turned 65 it converted to full ssa retirement. It can work out sometimes.
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The Enigma 1144 . 2018-10-26
I need help. I am 20 and have had severe anxiety since I was a child. I have worked in the past but that was only when I had someone put in a good word for me from working there. I dread interviews and do horribly at them, my anxiety is so bad I can't even talk to people. I didn't talk in class or to any students when I was in school, barely made it through high school. Currently living with my fiance and can't keep a job due to my anxiety and not being able to communicate as good as regualr people to my coworkers and customers. I stutter, shake, sweat and cant bring my words together, anytime I try to talk to someone it comes out as a mumbled mess that I cant even understand. Then this makes people think I'm stupid or retarded and it hurts my self esteem even more and my anxiety. My anxiety is so bad that sometimes when a stranger or someone I'm not 100% comfortable with talks to me I'm too busy worrying about being judged and dreading having to reply that I end up not understanding what they said. My mind will literally forget how to understand english which makes me freak out more. Its to the point now where I can't even go outside without my heart racing and shaking. I get anxious on the sidewalk! Thats how bad it is. And honestly I barely ever leave my apartment and have literally no freinds. I'm extremely lonely and get really depressed because I need a job but can't keep one, if I find a job where they don't fire me I end up quitting because my coworkers always treat me terribly because of my issue. I need to get ssd or ill be homeless becaus so currently don't have a job and wont be able to get one that I can do if I even get past the interview. My issue is this, how do I get accepted if I can't afford to pay for an attorney and to get screened. I am literally broke but if I don't do this I will be homeless. I heard it is basically impossible to get approved unless you have money lying around to pay for this. Not only that but they would want me to appear in front of a judge! Ive had to do that before and only got through it because I only had to say one word, but this time id be expected to answer questions and explain my case. Which is impossible, its really shitty to expect someone like me to be able to do that and to have thousands of dollars laying around. What can i do in my situation??
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Donald Berry . 2018-10-25
I get S.S.I. the worst thang you can do, at any point in the process is to disclose previous or current drug addiction!!! You can TAKE IT TO THE BANK, YOU WILL NOT NOW or EVER get disability!!! It's makes an Administrative Law Judge's decision easy.
Point is Your NOT GOING TO BE GIVEN ANY HELP, if they believe your going to use the money feeding a drug addiction!!! Administrative Law Judge's see this in your file.... Case Closed, Have a nice day.
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Donna Tallie . 2018-10-16
Yes. I get disibilty. But got it. In. Alabama. And I just transferd it to. Passgulla miss. And I talked to them and was told they. Put it in computer. So I call. Medicare. But. It’s not in computer. And. So what. Did I get lost. What. Could have. Happen. The person even told me to call Medicare and let them know. And still not in computer. I get my cheack. At bank I’m missippie. So. Has this. Happen to anyone. And. What. Do you thank. Happen. Never had this happen in Alabama. I’m. Worried.
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3 name changes allowed every 90 days. . 2018-10-05
What about for depression/anger issues/suicidal tendencies?
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Kenny Coultrap . 2018-10-03
Nowadays ANY pain management from your doctor is being vilified as America is conducting a war on pain relief.Anoither strike against you is if you were a self-employed white man all your life.There are too many bigoted SJW's in government and the former administration has sanctioned the bigotry toward white Americans to the point of outright injustice through government agencies.
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Flipside Games . 2018-09-26
Denial of benefit from someone who HAS paid in based on anything outside of Medical or Mental condition is consider Discrimination and Un-Constitutional. That in itself is a serious law suit. This guy seems to know a few law breaking oath breaking judges in PA it seems. The FBI should investigate these mass rejection based on bias outside of anything medical. :)
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Team Mongoose . 2018-09-14
I am 49 and am a disabled combat veteran. I did 18 years active duty when I was medically discharged honorably. I am rated at 100% thru the VA, and I received my social security immediately. I have been receiving social security for 4 years. They just sent me a letter stating that I do not need a review of my case.
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Kevin Tate . 2018-09-05
Their doctors reported that I can no longer work and they still denied me. It is unreal how difficult they make it for people to get approved.
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Tina Johnson . 2018-08-31
disabled apply for ssdi after putting in nearly 40 credits and still can only earn 1180...then people are forced to try to work until they are 62 or 65 (early retirement) and still won't receive much more. Then work til you are 70 and 75 or near dead just to get perhaps 2000 but by then... outrageous.
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glockumollie . 2018-08-30
It's kinda strange to me. I have been paying into Social Security for over 40 years, YES 40 years and this lawyer tells me I'm not entitled to disability. I believe with all my heart, soul and mind I'm definitely more entitled to benefits for disability than the administration that took this money I earned on pain of criminal detention from me. My last job I worked 30 years with one employer, I'm now disabled and I'm so scared and worried I will be denied disability and income benefits because they have a record of denying Disability and I just turned 60 years old and after I pay into it for 35 years they changed the age to receive benefits to like 67 or 70 I'm not sure which one but talking about moving the goalpost in the final 1/4 of the game THAT IS NOT RIGHT! I have a few serious health predicaments and I don't even have health care anymore I have to be honest I'm scared about what is going to happen to me.
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Ilona Jones . 2018-08-25
I ?took care of my own disability benefit with no problem.
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Markus Patients . 2018-08-16
I was denied SS the first time I applied. When I reapplied within the deadline, I obtained a Lawyers services, he signed the appeal documents and I received my constitutional benefits. No court hearings and only a strange doctors exam... The judge just gave the Lawyer involved 33 percent of my back benefits pay. I should have been a social security Lawyer...
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Markus Patients . 2018-08-16
Why to my disgust do people in authority always say 'Drugs or Alcohol" ? They both are a drug but one is worse and accepted more than the others.
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Mark Olander . 2018-08-16
This man knows what he's talking about!
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Chris Coleman . 2018-08-13
I have found that a lot of disability doctors are foreign..and they look after there own..in other words..if a fellow countryman of the doctors go in..they will pass..if you go in..you wont..look around you look how many muslims.asains have got disability cars and benefits
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Hue Lu . 2018-08-05
SSN in America is useless....
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altha 2014 . 2018-08-04
What I think is unfair.. I figured that I was going to have to go out on SSDI. I worked with the state of Florida.. I took out a disability ins, claim through met life. paid half my net income $800 a month... When I won my case Met life told me that I had to pay them all that money back that I got for them over 18 months or $14,400 they considered that back pay income.. Which they took it all still had to pay $50.00 more.. Called Tallahasse to the Insurance Commission they said this was legal... Hate it in one way was looking for to that $14,000 but glad that I had disability insurance and income coming in from my Sick Leave.
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altha 2014 . 2018-08-04
Illegals cannot get SSDI, they can get Food stamps if their kids are Americans they get for them, does not matter they get here and have the baby the next day. They are just as much citizens as we are.
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Phillip Stracner . 2018-08-04
What do I when my wife no longer lives with me? I am on SSI. They are smartasses over there.
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lavette waters . 2018-08-02
Amen !! Your absolutely right about all .yrs ago I had a strong case . They looked back at my medical records , asking ME WHY I haven't been or missed my doctors appointment asked bout my drinking , they said just about every thing .to make me look bad & after telling judge I didn't have away . Wrong answer for me , because I feel he thought if I was in pain I could have found away . So I was denied . now I attend all Doctor apt. THANKS FOR SHARING!!
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Herbert Norkus . 2018-07-31
This whole friggin country is a joke. I personally know 2 people whose " shoulder hurts" so they cant work and get full disability. I have thalassemia which is an incurable genetic anemia and daily feel like im dying. I broke 2 vertibrae and have a herniated disc with degenerative arthritis which pinches the nerves giving me sciatica down my leg. Just found out i have elevated liver enzymes and a lump on my right side that nobody can identify. Heel spurs on both feet so walking with bonespurs , sciatica, and a broken back is agony! In addition, lately i cant breathe and have severe chest pain which also the doctors cant find anything wrong...and sleep apnea so i cant rest...always tired...exhausted...and due to the opiate crisis my doctors only offer physical therapy! How can i exercise if i cant breathe or move? Yet as a white hetero christian conservative male i HAVE to work...with no sympathy or help offered from my bosses or anyone else...paid into the system all my life too! We should all be able to collectively sue these bastards and take our money (and country) back! Best of luck to you all who suffer, God bless!
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Chuck Gates . 2018-07-26
Get in a wheelchair if need be
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Robert White . 2018-07-24
Medical treatment cost money. If you struggle just to pay your bills forget about getting disability. Do what I thought about doing for decades, kill yourself.Take as many people that work for Social Security with you, that is the best way to do it.
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Joshua Garner . 2018-07-19
I need u for my mom she diabetic doctor released from her job. she had disability check but then they took it away and want her to pay them back she just had stints put in her heart in the process coded 4 times on the table still have to blockage in the back of the heart because it very dangerous risk. Know she got another I forgot what it call but her spine is separating. She have to take shots for b12 her body want absorbed vitamins D have to take medication for that to . She on a 10lb restriction of lifting I’m only 17 she 53 I’m trying my best to work with her. Today July 19 2018 she told me that she tired she don’t know how she going to get the bill pay when she told me this my heart sank I can hear my heart pounding. I need help
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Tetsuya Sayuki . 2018-07-17
I wonder can a person who's recieving SSD visit other countries and how long does it allows you to stay out there ?
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Bug Maniac Lynke . 2018-07-07
My mom didn't make her appointment and she still got her disability. I'm easily legally blind and am still waiting for word back from Pennsylvania. I have no idea what will happen after that. I need to call my lawyer. I think why the judge didn't say yes was because the lawyer was pushing my mental disorders more than my blindness and guess what? My eyes have gotten worse. I can't see long distances anymore even with my glasses and my close up vision (forgot what it was called) isn't any better. I couldn't even finish school (college) .
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freeman davis . 2018-07-06
so what about when social security don't play by the rules, I'm blind and disabled yet without notification in June stopped my benefits, no letter, waiver, appeal, continue benefits, not to mention the ssa it's all Mexican wow
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