Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from depression? Is your depression so severe that it prevents you from working and completing daily tasks?
Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, has many levels of severity. You may take costly antidepressants that cause serious side effects, or you may be unresponsive to treatment and be nearly unable to function – let alone hold a job.
Suffering financially in addition to dealing with depression may seem unbearable.
But there is an option that can help. You may be eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.
Because the government denies the majority of claims – even when people are entitled to SSD benefits – you may want to hire an experienced Social Security disability attorney. It could mean the difference between whether or not you receive SSD benefits.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability?
Because depression affects every person differently, it's important to know that the Social Security Administration only will consider you to be eligible for SSD benefits if it hinders your ability to work and make a living.
The Social Security Administration has certain criteria that determine whether a person is eligible to receive SSD benefits. Your depression must:
- Prevent you from working full-time
- Have lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year
- Be life-threatening (especially when diagnosed with other physical disabilities or mental health conditions)
If you meet the criteria, you can submit an application to the Social Security Administration. Keep in mind, the claims process is complex and confusing. They will review your medical records for:
- An official diagnosis of depression
- Prescribed medications and documented side effects
- Other diagnosed physical disabilities and mental health conditions
- Prognosis, expected recovery time
It's critical that you see your doctor regularly and follow your prescribed treatment plan. Without doing so, you likely will not qualify for SSD benefits.
Also, the Social Security Administration will check to see if you paid into the Social Security system within the past five years. If you haven't worked enough – or recently enough – to qualify for SSD benefits, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Get Help From Edgar Snyder & Associates
Thousands of people apply for SSD benefits every day. The government is flooded with claims, and they deny the majority of applications they receive.
Having an experienced attorney can tip the scales in your favor. It could mean the difference between whether or not you receive benefits.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've helped thousands of people with physical disabilities and mental health conditions get the SSD benefits they need to live and pay their bills. Our successful track record speaks for itself. We win the majority of appeals for our clients.
But, we do more than just that. We can help you apply and submit the application on your behalf. We treat you with respect. We answer your questions about Social Security disability quickly, without the legal jargon. We update you on the progress of your appeal and guide you through the complex SSD claims process.
If we don't get SSD benefits for you, you won't owe us a penny. We guarantee it.
Denied? You Have Only 60 Days to File an Appeal
If you, or someone you love, are suffering from severe depression, contact us right away.
Call 412-394-1000, or fill out our no obligation, free legal consultation form.
We can help you apply for SSD benefits. If the government denied your claim, we can handle your appeal.
Remember, if your SSD application was denied, you have only 60 days to file an appeal. Contact us now.