Mental Illness and Social Security DisabilityBy Kenton Koszdin on November 9, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
Many mental illnesses are covered through Social Security Disability. If you have a mental illness that limits your ability to work or sustain regular employment to provide basic necessities such as housing and food, you may qualify for disability benefits. However, there are some things you should know about the process.
Explaining Social Security Disability Benefits
With a mental illness, you can qualify for either SSI or SSDI based on work history and age or current income and assets. To qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must be classified as low income and have little or no assets. If you have enough work credits, from working and paying into Social Security taxes, you may qualify for SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance. For those that qualify for SSI, the state in which you live may also pay a supplement to your disability income.
Your Claim for Benefits
It is important to realize that some of the people who may be reviewing your case might not understand many types of mental illness, so it is hard for them to understand how it impacts your life. Because of this, it is best to provide as much evidence as you can, and to make this evidence speak for you and your needs. An experienced disability lawyer can help you create the strongest case possible.
It is also important to know that just because a diagnosis from a medical professional has been given, doesn’t mean that the exact condition is qualified for Social Security Disability. This is where having an experienced disability lawyer can help. They know the symptoms and diagnoses necessary for a mental illness that does qualify for disability benefits and is still applicable to you.
Things to Avoid
If you want to create the strongest case possible for your mental illness you will want to provide evidence to the SSA that isn’t subjective. This means medical records are important, but a statement from a family friend is not, even if they can provide testimony to your mental illness. You also want to provide as much evidence as possible. If you are being treated for your mental illness, the SSA is also going to want to see that you’ve been compliant with recommended treatment. If your healthcare providers are lax in keeping records, this could also hurt your Social Security Disability claim for mental illness.
Having an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side can help increase your chances of being awarded benefits. In the Los Angeles area, specifically in Van Nuys, Kenton Koszdin has the experience for which you seek. He’s backed by a team that’s friendly and knows the ropes when it comes to applications for SSI or SSDI due to mental illness.