Mental Illness Disability Attorneys
If you’re seeking legal assistance for a mental disability claim, you may wonder what your options are and whether or not you qualify for benefits. While it’s essential to find an attorney who is knowledgeable about the specific laws surrounding mental disabilities, it’s also crucial to find someone familiar with the court system in your area.
At the Grundy Disability Group, we have attorneys licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas who are highly experienced with disability claims.
Our attorneys have experience representing clients with various mental disabilities, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. We understand the unique challenges that our clients face, and we dedicate ourselves to fighting for their rights.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental disability, contact the Grundy Disability Group today to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. We will listen to your story and help you determine if you have a case.
Mental Illness Disorders That May Qualify You for SSD Benefits
Many different types of mental illness can qualify you for SSD benefits. Some of the most common mental illness disorders that we see at the Grundy Disability Group include:
- Personality Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you are suffering from mental health issues, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced SSD attorneys. We will review your case and help you determine if you are eligible for benefits.
Qualification Process for SSD Benefits
When you file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider your mental illness and any other physical impairments. To qualify for SSD benefits, you must prove that your mental illness is severe enough to prevent you from working.
The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether you are disabled and eligible for benefits. In the first step, the SSA will consider whether you work and earn above a certain monthly amount. If you are, you may not qualify for SSD benefits.
In the second step, the SSA considers your mental illness a “severe” impairment. An impairment is considered severe if it significantly limits your ability to perform basic work activities.
If the SSA finds that you have a severe mental illness, they will move on to the third step of the evaluation process.
In this step, the SSA will consider whether your mental illness meets or equals a listing in the Social Security “Blue Book.” The Blue Book is a list of impairments the SSA has determined will automatically qualify you for SSD benefits.
If your mental illness does not meet or equal a listing in the Blue Book, the SSA will move on to the fourth step of the evaluation process. In this step, the SSA will consider whether your mental illness prevents you from doing your previous work.
If the SSA finds that your mental illness does prevent you from doing the work you did before, they will move on to the fifth and final step of the evaluation process. In this step, the SSA will consider whether there are any other jobs you can do, given your mental illness.
If the SSA finds that you cannot do any other type of work, they will approve your SSD benefits claim.
Appealing a Denied SSD Claim
If the SSA denies your SSD benefits claim, you have the right to appeal their decision. However, the appeals process can be complicated, so having an experienced SSD attorney on your side is vital.
At the Grundy Disability Group, our mental health disability lawyers have experience handling SSD appeals. We will review your case and help you determine if you have grounds for an appeal. If you do, we will guide you through the appeals process and fight for the benefits you need and deserve.
Find a Mental Disability Lawyer Near Me at Grundy Disability Group
If you or someone you love has a mental illness and seeking SSD benefits, contact the Grundy Disability Group today. Matt Grundy is an experienced disability lawyer who can help you navigate the SSD claims process. He and his team will review your case and help you determine if you are eligible for benefits.
If you are, he will guide you through the claims process and fight for the benefits you need and deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.