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Schizophrenia and Social Security disability benefits

Many Houston residents' lives are impacted by schizophrenia. It can be a severely disabling condition. If a person with schizophrenia finds that the condition is making it impossible for them to work, they may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. There are a number of medical criteria that a claimant must meet before they may qualify for Social Security disability benefits for schizophrenia. This blog post will provide a brief summary of these.

In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must have medical documentation of delusions or hallucinations, disorganized thinking or speech, or grossly disorganized behavior or catatonia.

Changes to SSD benefits in 2018

Millions of residents in Texas and elsewhere are unfortunately born with medical conditions, deeming him or her disabled. Others become disabled later in life due to injuries or illnesses suffered. Whether a person is born with a disability or acquired one later in life, these conditions can significantly impact a person's ability to lead a normal life, care for him or herself or even maintain a job. Thus, these individuals will apply for Social Security disability in hopes of receiving benefits.

Much talk surrounds Social Security disability benefits and whether individuals seeking these benefits will be approved and be able to timely receive financial assistance. Thus far, there is some promise in 2018 for those applying for SSD benefits.

How can SSI benefits help disabled individuals?

When we are injured, we often think how long will it take to recover and will this injury impact my life. For most injured individuals in Texas and elsewhere, their main concern is finances. This is not only related to the costs associated with medical care but also financial losses caused by the inability to work. If an injury has left a person disabled temporarily or permanently, it is possible to seek benefits through the Social Security Administration.

The SSA has designed disability programs to assist those suffering from a disability that are unable to work because of it. There are two programs that individuals could apply for. Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a well-known program as it is available to those with enough work credits. However, if an individual does not qualify for this program, it is still possible to obtain benefits though Supplemental Security Income.

Appealing the denial of your Social Security Disability benefits

You've endured a major injury or a catastrophic, chronic illness. Now you're struggling with daily self care and find yourself unable to return to the same line of work you previously knew. Due to your chronic condition or injury, you and your doctor both know that your mobility and ability to work will remain limited for the rest of your life.

You filled out the proper documentation and submitted an application for Social Security Disability. Then, you waited for many weeks or even months, only to receive a denial letter back. Now you're still as injured or unwell as you were before, but with the added stress of worrying about covering basic life expenses. Before you give up on receiving the benefits you deserve, you should consider filing an appeal.

Helping you complete SSD application for mental conditions

The term disability causes one to think of a wide variety of situations. For many, they think of physically disabling conditions a person is either born with or acquired later in life due to an injury or illness. However, many disabilities are not easy to spot. Some individuals suffer silently because they are living with a mental condition. Thus, whether a disability is apparent to the naked eye or not, individuals living with disabilities often struggle to live their life and meet his or her basic financial needs.

When a disability makes it challenging to maintain a job, this is where Social Security disability benefits often come into play. Applying for these benefits may not be easy, as the Social Security Administration is often looking for specific evidence that meet their strict standards. At David Dopkins, Attorney at Law, our experienced legal team understands these standards and how best to help our clients in the Houston area prove that they are suffering a disabling mental condition.

Depression, bipolar disorder may make one eligible for SSD

Large numbers of people in Texas live with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Many of these people are able to manage their symptoms so that it does not interfere with their ability to earn a living. But what if a person finds that they are not able to work because of depression or bipolar disorder? That person might want to seek Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions.

According to the Social Security Administration, depression, bipolar disorder and related disorders are characterized by an irritable, depressed, elevated or expansive mood, or by a loss of interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities, causing a clinically significant decline in functioning. People living with one of these disorders may have feelings of hopelessness or guilt, thoughts of suicide or a clinically significant change in body weight or appetite. They may also experience sleep disturbances, an increase or decrease in energy, problems with concentration, sadness, euphoria, social withdrawal and other signs and symptoms.

We can help navigate the rocky road to possible SSI benefits

Supplemental Security Income is a program that helps many disabled people with low incomes and few resources. The program is available to many people, including those who are not eligible for Social Security disability benefits because they do not have the requisite work history. The funds for SSI benefits come from the U.S. Treasury instead of from the Social Security trust fund.

Last week, we talked about some of the eligibility requirements for SSI benefits. Among other things, a recipient must have a low income and few resources, must meet certain residency requirements and must meet the definition of disabled. People who meet these requirements can apply for SSI benefits.

Requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits

Supplemental Security Income is a program administered by the Social Security Administration and is available to individuals who meet the program's eligibility requirements. This blog post will give a brief description of the program requirements for Texas residents and others.

A person may be eligible for SSI if they are aged at least 65, if they are blind or if they are disabled. Blind is defined as either having central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in one's better eye with use of a correcting lens; or as having a visual field limitation in one's better eye, such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. Disabled means a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which results in the inability to do any substantial gainful activity and either can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

Mild traumatic brain injuries can result in permanent disability

There are many kinds of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), ranging from mild to severe. In some cases, TBIs are fatal. Severe TBIs can also cause major symptoms, ranging from a change in personality to issues with motor function, memory and even basic self-care. Mild or moderate TBIs can also result in a host of serious symptoms, even if their name implies they are of less concern.

Due to the nature of TBIs and the fact that symptoms may persist for the rest of the life of the injured party, they are one of a host of conditions that may qualify workers for Social Security Disability Income. Regardless of the cause of the brain injury, if it impacts the ability of the injured party to work, care for him- or herself or perform normal daily functions, it may cause issues that result in qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Some information needed for a Social Security disability claim

Social Security disability is a program that helps Houston residents and other American workers when they are unable to earn a living due to a disability. Some Houston residents also have short-term or long-term disability insurance with private insurance carriers. Are the requirements for private disability insurance the same as for Social Security Disability? This blog post will provide a brief answer to this question.

The short answer to the question is that the requirements to receive Social Security disability benefits are usually stricter than the requirements to receive private disability insurance benefits. In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must prove, among other things, that they live with a severe condition that is expected to last for at least a year or end in death. This is stricter than the requirements of many private disability insurance plans.