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There are many specific criteria that must be met before the Social Security Administration (SSA) will approve a claim for disability benefits. In general, a person must be suffering from an injury or illness that will keep them out of work for at least one year or result in death. Some severe medical conditions appear on the SSA’s lists as satisfying the criteria for approval of disability benefits, but each applicant must have the appropriate documentation to support his or her claim.
Obtaining Disability Benefits For Mental Illnesses And Impairments
When many people think about serious injuries and illnesses, they may think about someone who has lost a limb in an accident or someone who is suffering from cancer. But, what about the person who suffers from severe depressive episodes? They may have just as much trouble dealing with the impact that a mental problem has upon their lives.
With a serious mental impairment, holding down a job may prove to be impossible. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration recognizes serious mental illnesses as a basis for awarding Social Security Disability benefits. At The Law Offices of Martin Taller, our lawyers will help you document how mental illness affects your ability to work and therefore supports an award of Social Security Disability benefits.
Understanding The Complex Aspects Of Mental Illnesses And Social Security Disability Benefits
Mental illness is sometimes challenging to diagnose, because you cannot simply take an X-ray to find out what is wrong. This does not make it any less serious of an issue, and many conditions are recognized by the Social Security Administration as being eligible for benefits.
Some of the common types of mental illnesses that applicants have include:
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Depression and other affective disorders
- Anxiety-related disorders
- Personality disorders
- Autistic/Developmental disorders
Like many other injuries and illnesses, applicants who request benefits for mental illnesses and impairments must provide substantial documentation in order to have their applications approved. We will help you guide you to mental health treatment resources, obtain records and request assessments to support your disability claim. Also, in many cases, an individual may be suffering from both a physical impairment and depression or other mental illness. We can help you provide evidence of how your mental illness contributes to your disability. Our attorneys have helped thousands of applicants receive approval for their applications.
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