A d’Oliveira & Associates disability attorney recently recovered an award for a Taunton client (name withheld to protect confidentiality) during his appeal for Social Security Disability benefits. The man had initially applied for benefits back in September of 2012, and his request was denied months later in December. According to the complaint, the client became disabled back in 2011, having suffered psychological problems characterized by depression, anxiety, hallucinations, and trouble sleeping. The man received treatment on a number of occasions from a psychiatric professional. Following his denial of Social Security Disability benefits, the man hired disability attorney Cara Gallucci of the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates.
With Attorney Gallucci’s legal representation, the man was ultimately found eligible for benefits in his Social Security Disability appeal. Attorney Gallucci’s experience and know-how when it comes to SSD cases helped this man obtain an award of over $17,000 in past-due benefits, and a monthly payment of over $500 in benefits going forward. She stated: “I am very happy that we were able to provide the necessary information to the Social Security Administration so that this client was approved at the reconsideration level and did not have to go to Boston for a hearing.”
Mental disorders supported by adequate medical documentation may qualify SSD applicants to receive government benefits (i). In particular, those who suffer anxiety-related disorders, major depressive disorder, sleep disorders, or any combination of these impairments may be eligible if the condition prevents that individual from working, and it has lasted or can be expected to last for at least a one-year period (i). Anxiety is characterized by an exaggerated state of fear which can manifest as hyper-vigilance and other behavioral responses that can impair one’s ability to go about their daily life in a normal manner (ii). Many people who suffer from disabilities and are unable to work as a result are denied SSD benefits following their initial application. Applicants can challenge a denial of benefits and commence the Administration’s appeals process. Hiring a disability representative can help you compile the necessary medical paperwork and Administration documentation to help you gain approval.
d’Oliveira & Associates has lawyers who are well-versed in the Administration’s appeals process, and have been working for over 24 years to help clients gain approval for the benefits they deserve. The law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates has branches located throughout both Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, and their injury and disability attorneys can help you pursue your injury or disability case by filing a claim and/or lawsuit on your behalf.
Call 1-800-992-6878 for a free consultation, or submit a contact form online.
- (i) Social Security Administration. 2013.
- (ii) Psychological Review. 1998.