If you suffer from a mental illness, you could collect disability benefits. Proving you have a qualifying mental illness can take time and attention to paperwork. Our team is prepared to assist you with every step of the process, though.
OurSouth Carolina Social Security disability lawyers for mental disorders can help you demonstrate your mental health condition and apply for disability benefits. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is ready to assist you whether you’re just beginning to apply or you’ve received a denial and need to start an appeal.
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Mental Disorders That May Qualify for Disability Benefits
Many people think disability only involves physical symptoms, but those who suffer from mental illnesses could be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as well. A severe mental disorder can hurt your ability to work as much as any physical injury.
A licensed doctor must verify your mental disorder for you to file a benefits claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of eligible mental health impairments, which include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Autism and developmental disorders
- Schizophrenia, psychosis, and related disorders
- Intellectual disability
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Personality disorders
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What You Should Know About Seeking Disability Benefits in South Carolina
When you file a disability claim, you could be eligible for one of two types of benefits:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
To be eligible for SSDI, you will need to show that you have a significantly impairing mental disorder that prevents you from working. You will also need to have sufficient work history. In other words, you’ll need to show that you paid into the Social Security system long enough through your taxes.
If you qualify for SSDI, you could receive partial income replacement benefits. SSI is intended to offer cash assistance for people who have low incomes. Qualifying for SSI will also require showing you have a mental disorder that prevents you from working.
How to Prove That You Have a Qualifying Mental Disorder
Showing the SSA you have a significant mental disorder will require documentation. You will need to show evidence of your disability through records such as:
- Medical records
- List of medications you take
- Lab work and test results
- Notes from a doctor describing how your mental disorder keeps you from working
- Notes from colleagues or others who can describe how your disorder keeps you from working
When you submit your application for benefits, you should take steps to be sure that you have the documents you need. Our attorneys can help you review your application and ensure you have the necessary forms.
If Your Claim for Benefits Is Denied
Once you send in your application, it can take several months to receive a response from the SSA. You may get a response of approval or denial or one that says the SSA needs more information before finalizing a determination.
The SSA might also say that your mental disorder started affecting your work after the date listed in your application. If you face a delay or a denial, this is when our legal help can be especially useful.
Don’t get discouraged if your claim is denied or if you face setbacks. It’s normal to receive an initial denial, and you stand a chance to receive an approval if you appeal. Our team can help you with every step of the appeals process.
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Our Attorneys Help People with Qualifying Mental Disorders Seek Benefits
You don’t have to be alone through the process of seeking disability benefits. Our South Carolina attorneys can help you with your mental disorders claim by:
- Helping you determine the necessary paperwork to file
- Identifying additional documents needed for your application
- Helping you understand why you received a denial
- Initiating the appeals process for you
- Representing you through appeals and hearings
- Advising you and explaining your options
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our team can support you through the complicated process of seeking disability benefits. When you have questions, we will have answers.
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Steps You Can Take to Support Your Case for Benefits in SC
Consider taking the following steps to give yourself the best chance of receiving benefits:
Get All the Mental Health Care You Need
To be approved for disability benefits, you’ll need to have clear documentation of your mental disorder and how it’s affected your working ability. The best way to document this is to get mental health care and follow your doctors’ orders. Get a diagnosis from a medical provider who is qualified to speak to your disorder.
Then, follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment. If they tell you to take certain medications or pursue therapy, do so. If you fail to do so, the SSA could claim you made your mental illness symptoms worse.
Get a Free Case Review From Our Team
Calling our team for a free case review comes with no obligation, and you can learn all about your options and next steps. Call our team if:
- You’re thinking about applying for benefits but have not yet done so.
- You’re not sure if your mental disorder qualifies.
- You want help filing for benefits.
- You need help with the appeals process after a denial.
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At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we fight for our clients’ rights when they file claims. Our lawyers serving South Carolina understand that if you struggle from a mental disorder, you could face lost wages, and you need financial security.
Are you ready to learn about the Social Security disability benefits you could be entitled to? Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today at (888) 612-7001 for your free consultation. Let us fight for your right to benefits.
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