Mental health conditions can be as severe as physical health conditions and should be treated equally. These mental conditions can prevent the victim from holding a stable job or income. Do you or a loved one have a mental health condition that inhibits them from working? If so, they may be eligible for social security benefits.
WHAT MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS QUALIFY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS?
The Social Security Administration has a set of listings for mental disorders. These listings range from depression and anxiety-related illness as well as psychotic disorders such as ADHD and low IQ.
If your mental condition is not listed under the disability guide, you can also show that you are unable to work by proving you cannot do a simple unskilled job due to your conditions.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE VS. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
In order to qualify for SSDI you must have an impairment that prevents you from working for at least 12 months. You must also have contributed into the Social Security program for at least five of the last ten years. Your dependents also may be eligible for these requirements.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
You can qualify for the SSI program if you have limited income and are disabled. SSI is not based on your past work history, but instead on financial need.
CAN YOU QUALIFY FOR BOTH SSDI AND SSI?
In some cases, you can receive both SSI and SSDI benefits at the same time. This usually occurs when you qualify for SSDI, but your payments are small, leaving you with very little income or resources.
Why is my SSDI benefit low?
- You have worked very little within the last 10 years
- You became disabled at a young age and did not build significant work history
- You have had low-paying jobs throughout your work history
How do I file a claim for Social Security benefits?
To file a claim for disability, visit the Social Security Administration’s website and complete an online application. Depending on your claim the process takes about 3 to 5 months.
IF YOUR DISABILITY CLAIM IS DENIED
If your claim is denied by the Social Security Administration, you can petition their decision, through an appeal process. This procedure can be confusing and can drag on for months. This is why it is always better to have an experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer. A Social Security Disability Attorney will help you through this process and get you what you deserve more efficiently.
Call Rob Levine & Associates if you are considering appealing your Social Security disability benefits. We represent disability cases nationally. Rob Levine & Associates does not charge you unless you win your case. There is no risk- call us today for a free case evaluation.