There Is No Shame in Accepting Disability Benefits
Depending on your political leanings, you may feel that you are being “weak” or “needy” if you are no longer able to hold a job and thus eligible to apply for Social Security disability benefits. For this reason, many self-reliant people will do everything they can to resist filling out an application, for as long as they can—draining their life savings, asking relatives for support, liquidating their assets, or anything at all to maintain their self-respect and self-sufficiency.
This attitude may be admirable, but it is also impractical. The fact is that, if you have been working all of your life, then you have been paying into the Social Security system, so you have partially funded your own prospective disability payments (just as you have partially funded your Social Security retirement income by the time you have reached your mid-60's). It's not as if we're talking a huge amount of money—the average monthly disability payment only amounts to $1,000—but that stipend could mean the difference between maintaining your current lifestyle and becoming homeless!
You should also understand that if you are genuinely ill, or disabled, and thus genuinely unable to work, that puts you in a more deserving category than all those people who fake illnesses (with the help of shady doctors and lawyers) in order to collect free money from the government. You have led an honest and upright life, and you deserve the government's help now that you are no longer capable of holding a job. Want to learn more? Contact the northern California Social Security disability experts at the Ledgerwood Law Group (888-761-7383) for a free consultation today!
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