Will This Hurt My Case?

Aug 30, 2012 Comments Off on Will This Hurt My Case? by

I’m often asked whether some particular fact or circumstance might hurt a person’s chances of getting approved for Social Security disability benefits. Here are some things that probably will NOT hurt your case:

  • Going back to work and then stopping after less than three months because you just couldn’t handle it.
  • Going to church
  • Participating in routine sorts of church activities
  • Enjoying the company of family and friends
  • Taking an occasional, modest trip
  • Inheriting money (as long you’re not applying for SSI)
  • Getting divorced
  • Moving — but moving too far might cause a little delay since your case would have to be shifted to a different office — and we might not be able to continue to represent you
  • Driving a car
  • Changing doctors
  • Doing a little housework
  • Getting a minor traffic ticket
  • Caring for your child
  • Spending time online
  • Reading
  • Fishing
  • Receiving a small gift from a family member or friend
  • Going to the movies or some sporting event
  • Receiving psychiatric treatment (will probably help your case, not hurt)
  • Taking a modest amount of exercize
  • Having a pet
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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.