If you or a loved one are suffering from an impairment or disability that does not allow you to work or obtain an income, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. There are a wide range of medical conditions and chronic physical impairments that are grounds for SSD benefits, and attorneys at Atkins & Markoff are here to help make sure you are awarded the benefits you deserve. There are also numerous types of mental disorders that may be serious enough to keep people from earning a living. If you or a family member is suffering from a severe mental disorder, contact a SSD attorney at Atkins & Markoff today and see how we can help you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
SSD Benefits Criteria
Being awarded SSD benefits can be extremely challenging and many people are commonly denied. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a strict set of guidelines in place that all applicants must meet in order to receive benefits. The SSA takes into consideration and thoroughly reviews all medical information and documentation before making a decision regarding in an individual’s ability to receive disability benefits. If you or a loved one are suffering from a mental disorder that is keeping you from working and receive an income, you should be able to receive SSD benefits. Those who are suffering from a mental disorder must meet the SSA’s definition of “total disability”, which means that the disability is keeping the person from finding any type of work. If the mental disorder is going to prohibit the individual from working for at least one year, this may also be a reason to receive SSD benefits. Mental disorders are categorized by the SSA in the following nine categories:
- Organic mental disorders
- Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
- Affective disorders
- Mental retardation
- Anxiety-related disorders
- Somatoform disorders
- Personality disorders
- Substance addiction disorders
- Developmental disorders
An agency within the SSA, Disability Determination Services (DDS), are in charge of reviewing all the necessary medical information and documentation and conducting a thorough investigation in order to determine whether or not an individual meets the criteria and should be able to receive disability benefits. During the evaluation process, the DDS will focus on the nature of the mental disorder and look at how it affects an individual’s ability to gain employment. An assessment referred to as residual functional capacity (RFC) will be used to determine the nature and level of seriousness of the person’s mental impairment. The DDS will then make a decision based upon their findings as well as additional medical tests and documents. Because of the seriousness and challenging nature of this process, it is helpful to enlist the services of an attorney at Atkins & Markoff. We are an Oklahoma City law firm and have worked on a wide range of disability cases, giving us a great deal of knowledge regarding the process and what needs to be done in order to be approved.
Contact Atkins & Markoff Today
Attorneys at Atkins & Markoff understand the difficulties associated with SSD benefits for those suffering from mental disorders. Many of these difficulties are a result of evaluations being conducted by unqualified professionals, or a lack of proper documentation. By enlisting the services of an attorney at Atkins & Markoff, you will not have to face these challenges alone. We will work with you during the application process in order to ensure that there are no errors and on making the application as strong as possible. We have extensive resources that we use to make sure each and every one of our clients have access to a qualified and licensed psychiatric professional who holds the ability to properly evaluate and assess individuals with mental disorders.
We represent clients in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, and throughout Oklahoma. We are committed to ensuring all of our clients have the best chance for success and that their case is properly presented and understood by the authorities in question. We offer free consultation services which will allow us to go over your case and help you understand the steps that need to be taken in order to ensure success in receiving the SSD benefits you need. Mental disorder cases can be difficult and complicated, as there are oftentimes misunderstandings regarding the impact of the applicant’s mental disorder. In order to make sure you have a strong case and have not missed any steps in the process, please contact Atkins & Markoff today!