Tag: Disability

Filing for Social Security Disability with a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis…

If you are suffering from Bipolar Disorder and are no longer able to work, you should contact an attorney specializing in Social Security Disability to improve your chances of receiving SSDI or SSI benefits. Historically known as Manic Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness characterized by cyclic mania or periods of extreme euphoria followed by bouts of severe depression. This mental disorder is not a mood disorder alone, but a category of severe mood disorders. It is a condition that is prevalent in both men and women.

Assessment of Bipolar Disorder

If an individual Bipolar Disorder is constant and impairs all ability to function in a work environment, that person may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. Any individual with Bipolar Disorder can be eligible for disability benefits if he/she meets the evaluation criteria listed in the Social Security Administration Bluebook, and if he/she has received a medical-vocational disability endorsement based on the person’s residual function ability, education, and age. Applying for disability benefits with a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis can be a complex and intimidating process, hiring a qualified Social Security Disability lawyer or disability advocate would be in their best interest.

How To Prove Bipolar Disability?

You will need a statement from your treating doctor or a psychologist regarding the severity of your Bipolar Disorder. For example, your doctor might give an opinion that you would miss several days of work each month due to your condition. Make sure the doctor explains this opinion. You should strive to keep a consistent treatment regimen before and during the Social Security Disability application process. If your SSDI/SSI application is denied, you should be prepared to file a disability appeal. In many cases, a Social Security Disability lawyer or advocate can provide invaluable help by guiding you through the application and appeals process. A person with bipolar disorder can qualify for SSDI benefits because it is included in the SSA’s listing of impairments.

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The 4 Steps of the Social Security Disability Benefits Appeal Process Explained…

Did you know that the majority of Social Security disability claims are denied the first time? That is why it is important that those who have had their claim for Social Security disability benefits denied to fully understand their right to appeal and how to do so. Social Security disability benefits are offered to those who are disabled and have a medical condition that is severe enough that it leaves them unable to work AND that is anticipated to last longer than 12 months or lead to their death. There are also specific work history eligibility requirements that must be met. If your application for benefits has been denied, the appeals process has a few levels of appeals. They are as follows…

#1: A Request for Reconsideration

Filing a request for reconsideration requires fresh eyes on your application for Social Security disability benefits. A new reviewer will look over your entire application for benefits from the beginning including all your medical records and other required documents.

#2: An Administrative Law Hearing

If your application is still denied after your request for reconsideration, your next step is in the appeals process. This will involve a hearing before an administrative law judge. As an disabled applicant, you need to make sure you are adequately prepared for this hearing.

#3: Social Security Administration (SSA) Appeals Council Review

If your claim for Social Security disability benefits was denied by the administrative law judge, you can request that your application is reviewed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) Appeals Council.

#4: Time to File a Court Appeal

Your final level of appeal is to file an appeal in a federal court.

As a disabled applicant filing for Social Security disability benefits, you should not be discouraged by your initial claim for benefits being denied– majority of them are. But you should understand the process of Social Security disability appeals and what options are readily available to you so that you can get the benefits you need to live your life.

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About Grubbs & Landry

At Grubbs & Landry, PLLC, we are dedicated to personal and friendly service. We manage our practice in an ethical, cost-effective manner to best help our clients resolve their legal issues with the least expense possible. We pride ourselves in advocating for our client in divorce, child custody, and child support matters as well as other family law matters. We are active in prosecuting personal injury cases-recovering for the injuries our clients sustain due to the negligence of others. Additionally, we help our clients prepare for the future through the preparation of Wills, Power of Attorney and Living Will.
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