I am routinely assured by clients that they really need the help of Social Security disability benefits. But then, almost to a person, I am told the most trivial of ailments to explain why the help is needed.
I am no longer surprised by this, but I am consistently amazed.
Human beings’ egos are fragile. None of us easily admit our weaknesses, failings, and vulnerabilities – sometimes not even to those with whom we are intimate.
Disabled people are no different.
Even when a disabled person is trying to prove he or she is disabled, it is incredibly difficult to tell others – intimates, acquaintances, neighbors, doctors, federal agencies – the real reasons why. Embarrassment and shame are primal.
This basic fact leads many to believe that people claiming and receiving Social Security disability benefits … are just another one of those scammers … when nothing could be further from the truth.