Majority of People with ‘Invisible Disabilities’ Don’t Report ThemBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 14, 2014 | In Disability Insurance
A new study conducted by a research team at Northern Illinois University has shown that many employees who have so-called “invisible disabilities” do not report them to their employers.
While employers are required to make “reasonable accommodations” for qualified individuals under the American Disabilities Act (ADA), invisible disabilities, such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), go unreported to employers for a variety of reasons, which include:
- Denial – Some people don’t accept the fact that they may have a disability. They may feel that a disability, like depression, is not so much a disability as just feeling down every now and then.
- Lack of Awareness – Some people may not even be aware of a disability because the symptoms are less well known than other disabilities. Those disabilities are less likely to get treated or even diagnosed.
- Burden of Proof – Since proving a disability lies with the affected worker, he or she may feel insecure about their condition and about being able to prove that they are victims of a disability.
- Social Stigma – Many people do not want to carry the social stigma that having a disability sometimes carries. They don’t want to be treated differently because they may have a disability.
- Legitimacy of a Disability – Many workers are afraid that their co-workers might feel that that are faking a disability. Traumatic brain injury is an obvious disability, but chronic back pain is less obvious in the eyes of fellow employees.
- Misperception – A legitimate, but less-than-obvious disability, can inspire rancor among fellow employees. By law, an employer cannot reveal to co-workers why you are receiving special accommodation. They may think that you are getting special treatment for no apparent reason.
Not all disabilities are obvious, but they can legitimately keep people from working. You may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and not even know it. If you have questions about whether you qualify, contact the SSDI attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Los Angeles. Call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734 — or you can contact us online. We can even come to your residence to talk to you.