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5 Tips to make the Social Security Process Simpler

We know that no one pursues a Social Security disability claim because they think the experience is going to be fun. In fact, it’s the furthest thing from fun. FilingWhy does Social Security Have a 5 Month Waiting Period for Social Security disability is going to be long, frustrating, and at times, it may even upset you. Sure, maybe it’s not as difficult as climbing Mt. Everest or exploring Antarctica. However, when you think about what you are actually doing when you file for social security, it can be downright scary.  Simply, if you’re filing for Social Security disability, your future is really dependent upon the outcome of your claim. Don’t fret, though, there are some ways to make things less scary and put you at ease. In the past, we called these things tips. Now, people refer to them as hacks. Regardless, here are 5 ways/tips/hacks to make your disability claim process simpler.

  1. Ask questions. It’s just like going to the doctor or learning a new subject in school. It’s important to ask questions. Asking will help you better understand the process. A lot of people hesitate to ask questions because they are afraid of sounding unintelligent. There is no need to worry about that. The person you’re speaking to at the SSA may be well versed in social security disability, but they too have been in situations that were unfamiliar to them. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable about cars. However, when I go to the mechanic, I still ask plenty of questions so that I better understand what repairs are being made to my car. Keep in mind, part of the job of the people you deal with at the SSA is answering your questions.
  2. There are so many good online resources for social security disability. Even the SSA website has good information. Researching topics within social security will help you better understand what will happen. Our firm, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, started practicing back in 1994. Over the past 22 years, we’ve heard a lot of the same questions from new social security clients. So, we decided to make a book to help people learn the basics of social security. It’s really helpful, and many of our clients have claimed to understand more about the process once they read the book. If you’d like a FREE copy of this book, click here to request one.
  3. Talk to people who have been through the process before. You’ll often hear us say that every case is different. That is true. However, a lot of cases have a lot of the same aspects too. Talking to someone who has been through the process before will help you in many ways. First, it will help you realize that you’re not alone. This can be a friend, a family member, or any person who has been through the process. I’ve had several family members file social security Now, they often help each other. This is especially helpful when a younger person files.
  4. Get continuous treatment. Regardless if you’ve just filed your claim, if you’ve been denied, or if it’s months after you were approved, continuous treatment will be beneficial for your case at all stages. The way any person gets approved for social security is by means of medical evidence. Some argue it’s the most important part of any case. Often, the more medical evidence you have the better it is for your Plus, better understanding your disability will help you better communicate with people at the SSA.
  5. Look into hiring an attorney. Granted, we are a little biased here, but we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe it helped people. Also, after 20 years, and thousands of satisfied clients, we must be doing something right. However, hiring an attorney isn’t just about winning or losing a claim. It’s about peace of mind. For instance, we can assist clients with filing claims, fill out paperwork, pursue appeals, representation at hearings, and much more. Plus, each of our clients is assigned case managers to help them with questions every step of the way.

While the process can be daunting, review these 5 tips to see if they will help you. Try implementing them. Start with one of the simpler tasks, like researching social security disability online, and then go from there. If you want to know what it’s like to have an attorney, call us. We’d be happy to give you a free consultation. Just click here, or call 1-877-526-3457.

How Cars, Boats and ATVs Impact your SSI Claim

I take a lot of pride in the work that I do. March will be my six-year anniversary with the firm, and I still find this work rewarding. Something that a lot of my fellow coworkers will tell you is that we often get stopped outside the office by citizens who have questions. Many of us own garments that read “Jan Dils Attorneys at Law.” So, we get stopped a lot. We are always happy to answer questions. Recently while shopping at a grocery store, I was approached by a woman who had questions about her son receiving Social Security. Naturally, I was happy to help her.

She mentioned that her son was in his mid-thirties and had some developmental disabilities. He never really worked for a company or paid taxes. He lived on her property but in a trailer of his own that was recently given to him. A few months back he hurt his back while working on a car. She said she didn’t think that he’d ever be able to work.

When an individual comes to us to seek representation, we will complete a formal review asking a series of questions. However, when someone stops you in the middle of Kroger, you have to use your knowledge of the process. Two things immediately stuck out to me. For one, since he never had a traditional job, he wouldn’t have any work credits. Thus, Social Security Disability Insurance would not likely be a route he could pursue. Instead, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a needs-based program, would be his best option. However, when she stated that he hurt himself working on a car I asked a follow-up question. “Did he enjoy working on cars?” She responded that he did, and he had several old vehicles on their property that he had restored. This was a big red flag for me. It actually pertains to a rule with the SSA that I am not a fan of, but I understand why it is in place.

Under the SSA’s rules for assets, an individual may own one vehicle, regardless of value, and not be required to count that vehicle as an asset. However, if he or she owns two vehicles, one will, in most cases be counted as an asset. In the eyes of the SSA, you can own a brand new $90,000 Cadillac Escalade, and face no penalty, but if you own two 2004 Toyota 4Runners valued at $20,000 you will face a penalty.

SSDIWhen you call us or come see us in person regarding a Social Security claim, we discuss everything regarding assets in more detail. However, I want to focus on vehicle ownership because this one impacts a lot of our clients. It’s not just a car that can be counted against you, though. Many people here in Parkersburg, and really, most of the people in West Virginia, like to ride ATV’s. Thus, a lot of people own them. Well, an ATV can be counted as a vehicle, and it can be counted as an asset if you’re applying for SSI. The same can be true for certain types of motorcycles, RVs, and even animals.

I understand why the SSA has to have certain limits for assets. It wouldn’t be fair to let someone who has 10 cars worth over a million dollars draw SSI. Once again, it is a needs-based program. Then again, it’s not fair that a person with an $8,000 truck and a $3,000 ATV are penalized. I wish the SSA would simply set a monetary limit for all vehicles. For instance, why not say all vehicles can’t exceed $50,000?

Overall, it’s important to be educated about how all assets can impact your claim for SSI. If you are interested in learning more about the process, call us today for a FREE consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so that we may call you at a later time.

When You’re Pursuing Social Security Disability, the Waiting is the Hardest Part

The Great American lyricist Tom Petty once wrote that “the waiting is the hardest part.” Mr. Petty, who I believe is wise beyond his years, states that this song is Why does Social Security Have a 5 Month Waiting Periodso popular because it applies to many situations. While I believe we are safe to assume Mr. Petty was not actually writing about Social Security Disability when he wrote his song, it does apply. Recently, while talking to some colleagues about Social Security, I was curious about what the hardest part of a Social Security case was for our clients. They responded, almost in unison, by saying that waiting is the hardest part of a Social Security case. Many individuals seeking Social Security disability are aware that waiting is a big part of a case, but they may not be aware as to why. Further, the wait appears to be getting longer. Let’s discuss this in more detail now.

The problem.

When examining the Social Security timeline, it’s important to know that there is not one single issue contributing to the long wait. There are actually several different reasons why cases take so long and why the wait seems to be getting worse. When most people hear that the backlog of cases is getting worse, they assume that there must just be more people filing for disability claims. That is not the case, though. As a firm, we have not seen a dramatic uptick in cases, and the industry as whole backs this up too. New applications are steady, but there is a not a dramatic difference between now and years past.

The Huffington Post reported the following in October of 2015. The number of requests for hearings has increased, the federal judges who hear appeals have become less productive, there are fewer attorneys on staff who could decide cases without going through the lengthy hearing process and fewer judges overall. All of these reasons are contributing to a longer wait for a hearing. Here we are a year later, and not much has changed. It’s still over 430 days for a hearing. For most of the clients we represent, we tell them to expect at least a 12-18 month wait after the hearing request is filed.

Can anything be done?

A lot of people assume that hiring an attorney will automatically get them approved for their Social Security benefits. Trust me, we wish this were true. A lot of people also assume that hiring an attorney means your case will get fast tracked. This is not true either. Hiring an attorney can be beneficial for your case in many ways, but we can’t guarantee a win, and we can’t speed up your case. What we can do is help you file for your benefits, file appeals, review/submit medical records, represent you at your hearings and answer questions you have along the way. We also keep our clients on track by creating follow up letters and help you get secondary opinions when necessary. The development of your case is key and our office has over 20 years of experience to do so.

You may also wonder if the problems are going to be fixed by anyone. Well, it’s complicated. We can’t really speculate on why judges aren’t being replaced. Obviously, the budget is a concern. With our country going through a transition in leadership, it’s hard to tell what the future holds for the SSA. We hope that the problem is resolved soon.

What should I do?

We are very upfront with all our clients regarding the Social Security backlog. We try to keep expectations in check. We’ve been doing this since 1994, so we know what to expect. However, we understand that this is a difficult time for you and there is a lot of uncertainty during this time. With that in mind, there are a lot of things you can do to help your case during the backlog. For one, continuous treatment will be beneficial for your case. Making and keeping appointments with your medical care professional are among the top things you can do help your case. Being up front with your healthcare provider about how your disability is impacting you will also help you with your case.

If you work with an attorney, it’s important to stay in touch with their office. We encourage our clients to let us know if they move, change phone numbers, have changes in their household and any updates regarding their medical treatment. Our offices utilize case managers too. Case managers are great because they can answer questions for our clients and assist in the development of our clients’ claims throughout the entire process. We encourage our clients to contact us if they have any questions. We want our clients to be educated in the claims process and know we are by their side the entire time.

Overall, the backlog does not appear to be going away anytime soon. Once again, we’ve been doing this for over 20 years, and we know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Which reminds me of another Tom Petty lyric, “I won’t back down.” Social Security cases are tough, but you can’t give up. We are upfront with our clients. If we identify obstacles in your case that makes an approval difficult, we will be upfront with you. However, if we took your case, we believe in it. So, don’t give up. We’ll do whatever we can to help you get approved.

All About Social Security Disability Lawyers

The United States Social Security Administration has developed disability programs that help workers with physical or mental disabilities access the cash benefits that they offer. The establishment of this program is very commendable as they have a very positive impact on the lives of people living with disabilities. Once a person is disabled, they tend to lose hope as they see themselves as a burden to those living with them.

A program that enables such people to be financially stable is very noble. The Security Administration only gives these benefits to eligible claimants that have met the Social Security Administration’s standards and qualification criteria. They have instituted their medical criteria to ensure that only the rightful persons get these benefits. When cases of disabilities occur, both the affected individuals and their doctors may not know the right procedures to follow so as to access their benefits.

In such a scenario, the people interested in claiming the social security benefits should consult the services of a social security disability lawyer in Charlotte, NC even before taking any other step towards the application process. These lawyers help the applicants go through the application process, which would be very complicated if they did it on their own and they can help with appeal cases of applicants who have been denied.

The monthly supplemental security income that the Social Security Administration gives to persons with disabilities are a lifesaver to thousands of families and thus denying such people their rights to these income benefits would be a significant act of injustice. Some have children to raise and many other expenses to pay for. While many are aware of the social security benefits, there are some who completely lack the knowledge of accessing these funds or lack of awareness about these social security incomes is another factor that makes individuals with disabilities miss out on their benefits. The social security disability attorneys sensitize their clients on their rights concerning this fund.

The Purpose of the Social Security Program

Since disabled persons are unable to work, the social security program supports these people financially by giving monthly social security incomes to those who qualify. This support is done through the federal insurance program, which enables the disabled to meet their needs and provide for their families. For this reason, every taxpayer contributes towards the social security program for people with disabilities from what they earn. Since not everybody qualifies to benefit from this program, the social security claims should be filed carefully to reduce the chances of making any mistakes. A simple mistake might have fatal implications on the applicants such as delaying the disbursement of the funds. When the applicants, through the help of the Social Security Disability Lawyers Charlotte NC, follow the right guidelines of benefiting from this program, they live a much better life.

Charlotte, Social Security Disability lawyers, offer their services to people with the following cases of disability:

People with Mental Disabilities

The mentally disabled individuals require special attention and care. Studies have shown that this severe challenge is a result of many different causes such intense anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The condition makes it difficult for the person to work without supervision. It also becomes a challenge for the individual to work together with other workers in their places of work.

For this reason, the individual might be forced to quit working and start depending on other people so as to meet their daily needs. Charlotte Social Disability lawyers represent such individuals and assist them in accessing their social security income benefits with the recommendations of their doctors.

Physical Disabilities   

Illnesses such cancer, diabetes and injuries from accidents can create disorders that make people physically unable to work. Some of them may lose some parts of their bodies or injured in such a way they cannot do any job. People living with the physical disability need assistance in getting their social security funds from the Social Security Administration. Understanding their plight, Social Security Disability lawyers in Charlotte help the physically challenges with claims for orthopedic conditions, fibromyalgia and any other kind of physical disability.

The process of filing claims and obtaining benefits might be a long one and even sometimes a very frustrating one. When these applications reach the social security administration, many of them are initially rejected. Only a good follow up would help ensure that the applicants receive what rightfully belongs to them. Trying to negotiate this process without the aid of a disability lawyer would be a significant disadvantage to the applicant. Before approving the SSD benefits, the administration puts in place two primary conditions. The applicant must have been unable to work for at least a period of twelve months due to an injury and recommendation from a qualified doctor ascertaining that the individual has been unable to work for the last twelve months.

Act as a link between the applicant and the security administration

Social Security Disability lawyers serve as the contact people who link the applicant to the SSA. They pass the information from the administration to the applicant and also inform the administrators of the applicant’s condition. The disability lawyer plays a crucial role in enhancing a good channel of communication between the applicant and the Social Security Administration.

Filing the Claims

Social Security Disability lawyers also help their clients file their claims and send them to the proper authorities. By doing so, they help ease the whole process which would have been very hectic if left for the clients to file and forward them on their own. They get the necessary medical documents from their clients’ doctors and present their cases to the social security administration.

Making Appeals

The Social Security Administration has a tendency of denying some applicants benefits by rejecting their claims. In such an occurrence, getting a lawyer to represent such applicants would be a very prudent decision. They handle the appeal process of their clients and follow up until the SSA makes a decision. Since the level of denial is very high, the lawyers are consistent and vigilant in their efforts to ensure justice is given to the applicants.

Social security lawyers are committed to better the lives of people who live with different disabilities. Such services require experienced attorneys who have dealt with these cases before and who maximize the chances of having the benefits disbursed within the shortest time possible.

Schizophrenia and Social Security Disability


Although schizophrenia seems like it should be enough for a person to qualify for social security disability, the truth is that it is only one determining factor in an evaluation. In fact, the existence of most mental illnesses is not in and of itself enough for a person to qualify for SSD. To help shed some light on the complex social security disability benefits evaluation process, here is a look at how mental illnesses like schizophrenia play a role in it.

Meeting the Requirements

In order for someone to be recognized as having schizophrenia, or any mental illness for that matter, they must prove that they’ve suffered from one or more symptoms from the Social Security Administration’s “blue book.” While there are a variety of different symptoms and associated illnesses described in the blue book, here are a few that relate back to schizophrenia: suffering from hallucinations, having illogical thoughts, and being in a catatonic state.

Simply suffering from these symptoms isn’t enough for someone to qualify for an illness though, as they must also go on to prove that the symptoms caused a severe reduction in a person’s potential productivity. If a person is able to overcome their illness and continue to work or function normally, then they cannot qualify for SSD based on their illness.

Residual Functioning Capacity

If someone doesn’t quite suffer from the symptoms of an illness as outlined by the blue book, then the next step of the claims process is to instead have someone from the Social Security Administration evaluate their residual functioning capacity. Put simply, this is simply a measure of the person’s ability to function as normally, regardless of existing mental problems.

Medication and Benefits

When a claim is submitted to the SSA, they will request medical records detailing any medications that a person takes to address their illness. If a person is found to be intentionally ignoring their prescriptions, then their claim can be rejected on the grounds that they are not adhering to their treatment. Unfortunately, the SSA can also use a person’s medication as an excuse to not give them benefits too. If a person is found to be too functional while on their medication, then they can be denied their benefits as well. It’s for this reason that it’s always a good idea to have an experienced social security disability benefits lawyer by your side, so that they can argue on your behalf whenever the SSA tries to avoid paying benefits.

Herbicide Exposure Symptoms



Despite risking their lives for us time and time again, getting treatment for our veterans isn’t always easy. Getting veterans benefits typically involves a lengthy and complex claims process that can be difficult to navigate without outside help. These problems are compounded further by recent studies that suggest a link between veterans’ diseases and herbicide exposure. Given the seriousness of the diseases linked to exposure, we wanted to outline some of the symptoms associated with herbicide exposure, as well as what impact it can have on veterans benefits.

What is Herbicide Exposure?

The herbicides used during wars like Vietnam have had a lasting effect on the health of our veterans. In terms of the specific diseases that exposure to herbicides has created, there are many that have developed, although a few are significantly more common than others. Some of the most common diseases associated with exposure are various types of cancer, including chronic b-cell leukemia, and the malignant lymphoma known as Hodgkin’s disease. Of course there are also many other diseases related to exposure from herbicides, although they are not referenced nearly as often. A few examples of the less often mentioned diseases include ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and prostate cancer.

Generally speaking, if a veteran was exposed to any type of herbicide during their time in the military, and they now have a form of cancer, then odds are good that the herbicide was involved in some way. This can have a serious impact on a veteran’s benefits for both themselves and their family, which is why it’s so important to determine if there was any exposure at all.

How Does It Impact Benefits?

If a veteran was determined to have been exposed to herbicides during their time in the military, then it can entitle them and their family to additional benefits related to the exposure. In addition to the diseases already mentioned, benefits can also be entitled to children born with birth defects as a result of exposure, as well as those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. In fact, Veterans Affairs assumes responsibility for all veterans that are suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease who also served for at least 90 days in the military. This applies to veterans regardless of their exposure to herbicides.

If you or a loved on is a veteran in need of help applying for benefits, then be sure to contact us for more information. We can help you determine your next steps and get you the support you deserve.

How Is Supplemental Security Income Calculated?

While the federal government provides the same supplemental security income benefits across all states, it turns out that many states also provide additional supplementary payments to validated recipients. Unfortunately, SSI in West Virginia is not really supported, meaning applicants receive only the federal minimum if approved. In addition, West Virginia is one of the most difficult states to receive benefits in, as it approves claims at a rate far lower than the national average. Luckily, calculating your prospective supplemental security income isn’t as complex as it sounds, as it really only relies on three key factors: income, married status, and state.


Before receiving the maximum $733 of SSI in West Virginia, the state will first remove any countable income from the payments. Countable income is comprised of money from limited work, free food or shelter, money from friends and family, and any other benefits that you might also be receiving. While that might seem like a lot, it’s worth noting that West Virginia, or any other state for that matter, won’t touch the first $65 earned from work each month, or benefits that come in the form of work stamps and nonprofit aid.

Married Status

If you and your spouse are both SSI recipients, then the payments are merged into one maximum total of $1,100. Otherwise, as previously mentioned, you will be entitled to the base $733. In addition, the Social Security Administration regularly adjusts the federal rate to keep it in line with any increases to the federally calculated cost of living.


For those not living in West Virginia, state-sponsored additions to SSI payments can range anywhere from $10 to $200. Although West Virginia doesn’t provide any additional SSI payments, they are still kept to the federal minimum.

While the process to apply for SSI payments is certainly rigorous, especially in West Virginia, calculating the payments isn’t as complicated as it sounds. As always though, it’s best to have an experienced attorney guide you through each step of the process, so that your fully prepared for each stage.

Mental Illnesses and Social Security Disability

Although not many people realize that you can collect social security disability for both physical and mental issues, the truth is that it is incredibly difficult to receive social security disability based on a mental illnesses alone. To help make the process a little bit simpler, here is a guide that covers a lot of the basics on collecting disability benefits on the grounds of mental illness. Of course, contacting an experienced disability lawyer is the best way to ensure that your case goes smoothly and has the best chance for a positive outcome.

Claims Difficulty

It’s worth noting that even a physical disability claim can take a long time to claim and has many bureaucratic obstacles associated with it. It should come as no surprise then that claiming a mental illness can make the process even more difficult. As with any other claims process, claiming a mental issue puts the burden of proof on you. Any symptoms associated with your illness must be presentable and properly assessed.

Unfortunately, many illnesses have nebulous symptoms that do not always manifest in the way you need them to for a claim to work in your favor. This issue is complicated further by the fact that many symptoms can’t be objectively measured by an impartial observer. Without this objectivity, several different claims officials may make radically different decisions regarding a claim based on their own personal beliefs.

Interestingly, many doctors don’t even send in their notes from an assessment to the social security department, because the notes themselves are rarely sufficient to make a decision. Instead, the doctor will first interpret the notes and create a synopsis that injects their own personal opinion on the case. It’s easy to see how this can create complications and prevent a mental impairment claim from being truly fair and unbiased.

Another issue that might come up in a case is an insufficient record for medical treatment. If someone has been prescribed medication for a mental problem through a family doctor, but has no record of seeing a psychiatrist, then their claim could potentially be denied on this basis alone. Even if the SSA does accept a claimant’s medication prescription as proof enough of their illness, another major hurdle is in determining a claimant compliance with the medication’s prescription. If a claimant isn’t taking their medication when they’re supposed to, then the SSA can refuse to provide benefits. Of course, if the reason you can’t take your medication is because you can’t afford it, then this information should be presented to the SSA immediately so that they can properly factor it into their decision.

The last issue that makes a mental examination so difficult has to do with time. An illness must have lasted for at least a year, or be expected to last for that period of time, for an SSA judge to rule in favor of a claimant. Unfortunately, some mental claims don’t really affect a person in a consistent and routine manner, instead flaring up over the course of a year in extremes. Luckily, an experienced disability lawyer can help you prove that you have “episodes of compensation” in this case, which simply means that your mental condition deteriorates at least three times a year. In proving this, the SSA is much more lenient in providing disability benefits to a claimant.

Valid Mental Illnesses

The Social Security Administration provides support to people with a number of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, mental retardation, bipolar disorders, and autistic disorders. There are other issues that are also covered by the Social Security Administration, but these are some of the most common. For more information, be sure to read the SSA’s guidelines thoroughly, or speak to a knowledgeable lawyer that is already aware of them.

If you look through the blue book and find that your condition isn’t listed, don’t panic. As with having a disability that is not as severe as the listed condition requires, the best thing that you can do is fill out the paperwork the same as you would if your condition matched the one listed anyway. As long as your condition is expected to last for at least another year, then there is a chance that you might still qualify for benefits. The biggest determining factor in this situations is what is referred to as your RFC.

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What is RFC?

RFC stands for residual functioning capacity, and it refers to how much control you have over your intellectual, social, and functional capabilities. If your mental disorder severely limits any of these areas, then you might still qualify for some kind of allowance from the Social Security Administration.

Based on a person’s RFC, the Social Security Administration has an outline for what type of work they are still qualified to partake in. When the Social Security Administration finds that there is no type of work that you are traditionally qualified for, then you might be entitled to what is known as “medical-vocational allowance,” as opposed to regular disability benefits.

When evaluating a person’s RFC, they are judged on a scale ranging from “not significantly limited” to “moderately limited” to “markedly limited.” Of course, there it’s also worth mentioning that there is an option for “not enough evidence” as well. In order for you to qualify for benefits or a medical-vocational allowance, you will need the SSA to find you markedly limited in at least one or more areas. Otherwise, there is a severely reduced chance that you will be awarded any benefits. Instead, there is a good chance that the SSA will help you find a menial job where there is a reduced need for high-functioning capabilities in any of the intellectual or social areas.

As a part of the evaluation, the Social Security Administration will judge your abilities in a number of key areas, including the following: understanding and memory, social interaction, sustained concentration and persistence, adaptive ability, and intellectual functioning.

For evaluating understanding and memory, the Social Security Administration will review your ability to understand and perform activities based on a series of instructions. Depending on the severity of your condition, you might be found incapable of performing semiskilled work, but still capable of performing unskilled work.

With social interactions, the SSA looks at your ability to properly interact with other people over a long period of time. If you are proven incapable of communicating with others in a simple and straightforward manner, without distracting behaviors, then you might be found incapable of performing unskilled work. In addition, you must show that you are incapable of maintaining a certain level of personal hygiene.

Similar to understanding and memory, concentration and persistence simply tests a person’s ability to pay attention and see a work task through to its completion. If your condition leaves you easily distracted and incapable of performing your duty, then the SSA will find you incapable of unskilled work. Adaptive capabilities also apply to your ability to handle simple tasks, as it tests your resolve and ability to withstand the stress of an average job.

Seeking Help

Since the SSA uses a combination of both medical and non-medical evaluations to determine a claimant’s viability, there is plenty of room for human error. Thankfully, experienced disability lawyers are more than capable of addressing errors and having them fixed in their client’s favor. If you believe that your condition allows you to qualify for disability benefits, then don’t hesitate to begin filing the appropriate paperwork and reaching out to a lawyer that can you help through each phase of the evaluation. Your mental condition shouldn’t hold you back from being treated properly and getting access to the funds you need to survive.