Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Are you, or someone you care about, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Do you constantly relive a traumatic event from your past? Are the memories so bad that they prevent you from working?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is more than nightmares and trouble concentrating. It can hinder your ability to function day-to-day – especially when you've also been diagnosed with other mental health conditions.
If you suffer from PTSD due to assault, murder, war, rape, death of a loved one, or another traumatic event, you may be eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.
But, with the state of the economy and the high unemployment rate, the Social Security Administration currently denies over three-quarters of initial applications. Hiring a lawyer could mean the difference between receiving SSD benefits or not.
Don't let the government make you think having PTSD is your fault. If you think you qualify for SSD benefits, trust Edgar Snyder & Associates to help you.
PTSD and Eligibility for Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration has guidelines for determining whether a person with a physical disability or mental health condition is eligible for SSD benefits. Millions of Americans suffer from PTSD, but SSD benefits are available only to those whose disorder is severe.
To be eligible for SSD benefits, the PTSD must be serious enough that it:
- Prevents you from working full-time
- Has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year
- Is life-threatening (especially when diagnosed with other physical disabilities or mental health conditions)
If you fit the government's criteria, you may qualify for SSD benefits. Because there aren't any official tests to diagnose PTSD, it can be hard to prove that your disorder is severe.
The symptoms of PTSD are similar to those of other mental health conditions, so it's critical that a psychiatrist diagnoses you. You should visit him or her regularly and follow a prescribed treatment plan. Failing to do so will likely make you ineligible to receive SSD benefits.
Applying for SSD – What to Expect
When the Social Security Administration evaluates your application, they will review your medical records and look for information such as:
- When you were diagnosed with PTSD
- How long you've been undergoing treatment
- Treatment(s), including prescription medications you're taking
- Other medical conditions you have, including depression
- Expected prognosis
- And other details
Remember, the Social Security Administration wants to see proof that the PTSD is severe. Meaning, it should prevent you from holding a job. The Social Security Administration will also review your income and work history, as well as your age, education, etc.
If you haven't worked enough – or recently enough – to have paid into the Social Security system, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
If the Social Security Administration denies your initial application, don't give up. The government denies the majority of claims, even when people are entitled to receive SSD benefits. You're not alone. But you must act quickly – you have only 60 days to appeal. You can reapply after the deadline, but the SSD application process will start over again.
How Edgar Snyder & Associates Can Help
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've spent decades helping over 3,000 people with physical and mental health conditions get the SSD benefits they need to pay medical bills and make ends meet.
If you want help applying for SSD benefits or the Social Security Administration denied your claim, you can trust our law firm to take care of the hassles and treat you with respect. We answer your questions about Social Security disability quickly, without the legal jargon. We take care of the confusing paperwork and guide you through the confusing claims process. We treat you the way you deserve to be treated.
Best of all, if we don't get you SSD benefits, you won't owe us a penny. We guarantee it.
Get a No Obligation, Free Legal Consultation Today
If you, or someone you love, are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and you want help applying for SSD benefits, or if your application was denied, contact us right away.
Remember, you have only 60 days to file an appeal.
Call 412-394-1000, or fill out our no obligation, free legal consultation form.