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Post-traumatic stress may qualify you for Social Security

On Behalf of | May 2, 2017 | Social Security Disability

There are myriad ways in which a person can develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is common among military veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders. It is also common in other lines of work. A factory worker could witness a machine malfunction that kills someone or an accident involving dismemberment. A professional truck driver might develop the condition after being in an accident where the passengers in the other vehicle suffered serious injuries. People also develop it because of assaults, violent attacks and accidents.

While some people with PTSD respond well to treatment, others struggle with the condition for many years. In some cases, PTSD can prevent an individual from performing a job as he or she did before the triggering event. When PTSD symptoms prevent a person from working a job, that individual could qualify for Social Security Disability Income. If you or someone you love suffer from PTSD and can’t retain work as a result, you should speak with an experienced attorney who understands the SSDI application and appeal process. Your attorney can help connect you with benefits.

PTSD affects many aspects of life and work

Post traumatic stress can change many things about a person and his or her ability to function. It can cause unpredictable mood swings, with fear and anger bubbling to the surface over seemingly minor issues. It can make interpersonal interactions difficult, because certain phrases, smells or facial expressions could trigger a strong response. The individual’s personality and mood may shift dramatically. High, ongoing levels of stress can impact both memory and the ability to sleep. Because of all these changes, an individual with PTSD may not be able to work in the same field as before.

Even after a diagnosis with PTSD, it can be difficult to connect with the benefits you need. In many cases, initial applications for SSDI are denied, even when the applicant has serious issues with social function or working. That’s why working with an experienced SSDI attorney is so important. Your attorney can help you through the application process and the appeal process if necessary.

An attorney can help you get the benefits you need

Developing PTSD can keep you from doing the job you used to do. Sometimes, that can mean that you won’t have any income you can depend on when you need it the most. The paperwork and filing requirements for SSDI can feel overwhelming for those struggling with mental health issues. Working with an attorney can help ensure you comply with all requirements while also having the resilience to focus on your own recovery. Your attorney can advocate on your behalf to ensure you get the support you need after a PTSD diagnosis.