The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes certain conditions leading to significant impairment. These impairments prevent a person from doing his job or from accomplishing substantial gainful activity (SGA). Such conditions include certain physical conditions such as back and neck conditions, heart conditions, lung ailments, anxiety disorders, Diabetes, Arthritis and Lupus, among others. The Disability Determination Services of the SSA also recognizes that certain mental illnesses, like physical conditions, could be potentially disabling.
Some of the mental conditions that are considered disabling and may prevent the patient from completing substantial gainful activity include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, mental retardation, autistic disorders, and schizophrenia. The mental condition may also affect other aspects of a person’s life, such as his ability to solve problems, recognize, remember tasks, or analyze. This is the reason why they are entitled to Social Security disability benefits. However, it is more difficult to collect benefits for mental impairments simply because the symptoms are more difficult to judge. Although symptoms are not always present, it does not mean that the SSA will find that the person no longer mentally ill. It is important to prove that the disability prevents one from doing past jobs or any job with due consideration to his or her age, education or experience. That’s why if a patient is trying to prove that a mental incapacity prevents him or her from performing past jobs or any job to earn a living, he/she will need a competent Social Security attorney to prove that for them.
A Social Security attorney can help them gather the required evidence and witnesses, compile affidavits to support your case, and complete the forms so that the applications will not get rejected. Because the SSA deals with thousands of applications every month, it is important to get it right as early as possible in the application process so that your application will get through smoothly. If your application is denied, it is even more crucial to get a social security attorney who could efficiently and competently navigate the appeals process and get you your benefits.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental ailment that prevents you from performing your job or substantial gainful activity, you need to know your rights. A competent Social Security lawyer will be able to assist you in proving your claim. d’Oliveira & Associates works with the most competent Social Security claims lawyers with proven track record. Our lawyers make sure that your rights are protected and that your best interests are served. Contact our law offices at 1-800-992-6878 to schedule an appointment and find out if you have a potential disability claim.