Mental disabilities often go by silent and unnoticed. After all, it is easy to see why a person in a wheelchair or carrying an oxygen tank may be disabled, but mental disorders carry no physical. And, there is still a stigma attached to mental disabilities, even if the person has sought treatment.
Nonetheless, mental disabilities can be every bit as life altering as physical disabilities. A person with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress disorder, among other mental conditions, may be unable to work or even leave their home. In some cases, they may require hospitalization. Mental disabilities can affect everyone — rich or poor, young or old, from Georgia to California and all points in between.
When a person’s mental disorder keeps him or her from earning a living, he or she might want to seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, the unfortunate fact is that most of the time a person’s initial application for benefits will be denied, necessitating an appeal.
To have a chance at success on appeal, a person’s claim for SSD benefits must contain the proper medical evidence proving that the applicant has a lengthy history of seeking treatment for his or her mental disorder. But, appealing a denial of benefits is not as straightforward as resubmitting an application. It can be a hard road moving forward, but help is available.
For example, the professionals at the Law Office of Ellene Welsh understand that applying for SSD benefits or contesting a denial of benefits through the appeals process can be frustrating and stressful. They aim to take care of the logistics of pursuing SSD benefits, so their clients can focus on their health. They will work with the necessary specialists who can provide information about their client’s disability, obtain the necessary medical records and perform the other tasks needed to appeal a denial of benefits. To learn more about how an attorney can help someone whose disability benefits application has been denied, turn to the firm’s webpage.