Sleep disorders are very real disabilities that will be recognized by the Social Security Administration given the correct documentation. Though they are recognized by the Social Security Administration, the government has made winning these claims very difficult for the person suffering from the sleep disability.

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We at d’Oliveira & Associates understand that sleep disabilities are very real disabilities and that the people who suffer from them would love to return to work but are unable to. There are many sleep issues that fall under this category and some include:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This disease is one where when the person is asleep, the stop breathing because of a narrowed airway. This problem is one that creates serious problems for the person suffering from it. People who suffer from this disease often feel sleepy or drowsy throughout the entire day while suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Narcolepsy: This is a disorder that affects the nervous system and the cause is unknown. Generally with narcolepsy, the person experiences extreme periods of drowsiness during the day in which they feel a strong urge to sleep which is followed by a short nap. When the person wakes up after the short nap (generally 15 minutes or so) they wake up feeling completely refreshed. They can have hallucinations where they either see or hear things that are not present. This disease is very difficult for the person and can result in an inability to hold down a job.
  • Insomnia: Insomnia makes it very difficult for the person suffering from the disorder to fall asleep, and even when they do fall asleep they wake up still tired. It can affect your energy level, moods, health, work performance and overall quality of life. The symptoms of insomnia are generally difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up in the middle of the night, daytime tiredness, anger, irritability, headaches or anxiety.
  • Daytime Somnolence: This is a disorder that makes people feel as though they need to take multiple naps during the day at inappropriate times. These inappropriate times may be while the person is at work, eating dinner, mid-conversation or while driving. The naps do not make the person feel better and later in the day, they will likely nap again.

A tired woman driving who suffers from a sleep disorder.

Daytime somnolence syndrome can be a debilitating disease that keeps you out of work for long periods of time. If you or a loved one has this issue and it is affecting your life so severely that your doctor tells you that you should not return to work, contact an experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney right away. An experienced Social Security attorney in Rhode Island can help you to make important life decisions and can ease the stress of the application process to the Social Security Administration. Nearly 75 percent of all first time applicants for Social Security Disability are denied benefits. This denial is generally not because the disability is not worthy of benefits, but rather because the paperwork was not what the Social Security Administration was looking for.

When looking to approve or deny a claim for Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration relies heavily on the medical record provided to them as well as the opinion of the treating physician. It is important to have an attorney look these papers over in order to be sure that they accurately reflect the pain that you are experiencing. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can ensure that you put the best claim forward for benefits that you have and can also reduce the stress of compiling and reading all of the information yourself. Dealing with daytime somnolence syndrome can be stressful and a competent and experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney can ease the stress and pain of fighting for your right to Social Security Disability compensation. An experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney can also ensure that the Social Security Administration is aware of the extent of your disability and your inability to work.

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A personal injury lawyer is discussing a case with his two clients.If you have a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Social Security Administration, your chances of succeeding are nearly doubled. Not only are your chances of success greater, but you will begin receiving your benefits more quickly. If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, call The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help to ensure that your claim is processed quickly, efficiently, and successfully. We at d’Oliveira & Associates are highly skilled in the area of Social Security Disability law and have helped many clients successfully. Please contact The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.