Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. People with schizophrenia often experience symptoms that make it difficult for them to maintain employment or complete day-to-day tasks. These may include delusions, hallucinations, and confusion just to name a few.
Can You Get Disability for Schizophrenia?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes schizophrenia as a disabling condition. This means individuals with schizophrenia may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible.
Obtaining these benefits can be a complex and lengthy process. It’s important to have an experienced disability attorney on your side to help navigate the system.
To qualify for disability benefits for schizophrenia, an individual must meet the SSA’s definition of disability. The claimant’s impairment must be expected to last for at least 12 months and prevent them from gainful employment.
Individuals with schizophrenia must also provide medical evidence that supports their claims. This includes documentation from mental health professionals who have diagnosed and treated the individual for schizophrenia.
Medical documentation should include information about the person’s symptoms and the severity of their condition. It should also detail any treatments or medications they have received with respective results.
The SSA uses a five-step process when evaluating applications for benefits. Individuals with schizophrenia may be evaluated using different criteria than those with physical disabilities. The SSA will consider several factors in its evaluation. These may include:
Severity and duration of symptoms
Type of treatment received
Impact of condition on ability to work and perform daily activities
Understanding and interpreting all the criteria and guidelines can be challenging. The experienced and compassionate attorneys at Grundy Disability Group are here to help. We will assist you with providing all necessary documentation and answer your questions along the way.
Schizophrenia Disability Benefits
In addition to providing financial support, disability benefits for schizophrenia can also provide access to important medical care and support services. For example, individuals with schizophrenia may be eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. These resources can help cover the cost of medication, therapy, and other treatments. Claimants may also be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to help them gain the skills and support they need.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have schizophrenia and struggle with employment or daily tasks, disability benefits may help improve your quality of life. Our dedicated, caring attorneys are here to help you get the benefits you need. We will keep you informed of changes and updates throughout your case and do the hard work for you. We have extensive experience dealing with medical professionals and know how to obtain the evidence that will help support your claim.
There’s no need for you to suffer alone. We are here to help you with your claim or claim appeal. Our law firm believes strongly in assisting those who live with disabilities. We are committed to helping you improve your life.
Call Grundy Disability Group today or reach out online at your convenience. The sooner you schedule your free consultation, the sooner we can begin working on your case.