Mobile SSD Lawyer Assisting Those Suffering From Depression
The short answer is yes. If you have suffered from depression for more than a year and are unable to work, there’s a chance you will qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. That said, it likely won’t be easy. Millions of people suffer from depression. Many of those people are able to manage it well enough to work and lead relatively healthy lives. The Social Security Administration is well aware of that, so it makes it a point to really make sure people who are able to work aren’t trying to scam the system. Therefore it’s in your best interest to work with a Social Security lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the benefits system and can help you gather the materials needed to win your case.
What is Social Security Disability?
The federal government has many programs created to provide financial relief to people who are in need, one of the largest being Social Security. For the most part, there are two types of Social Security benefits for individuals who are disabled. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is mainly for the elderly, blind, or anyone who is disabled and has little to no income. Social Security Disability (SSD) is for individuals who are unable to work due to disability, but have worked in the past and paid into the federal system.
There is a long list of impairments and disabilities, both mental and physical, that qualify for disability benefits. An experienced Social Security attorney can make this complex process a little more clear.
Does My Depression Qualify Me for Social Security Disability?
Depression is a mental health disorder that can have a major negative effect on much of your life. Depression can affect your mood, feelings, thoughts, physical health, ability to sleep, energy levels, and more. If you want to get approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you’ll first need to show strong evidence of the severity of your condition. Simply being diagnosed with depression won’t likely be enough to qualify for disability. You’ll need to show that the symptoms of your depression are so extreme you’re unable to earn a living. You’ll also need to show documentation that you have been suffering from this crippling depression for at least two years and have been unable to work for one year. If you’re suffering from depression, the idea of going through a lengthy approval process can be intimidating. An Alabama Social Security lawyer can help you gather all the needed information and submit your claim.
How Long Can I Remain on Disability for Depression?
As with most other conditions, once approved, you can remain on Social Security Disability for depression for as long as the depression prevents you from working. If your mental health improves or you’re able to manage it well enough to return to work, you may no longer be eligible for benefits. The Social Security Administration periodically reviews cases, usually every 2-5 years. Their evaluation will determine whether or not you are still eligible to receive SSD. If your condition improves, you are legally required to notify the Social Security Administration immediately.
What If My Application is Denied?
The harsh reality is that 70% of Social Security Disability applications are denied. That number may be even higher for depression cases. If your application is denied, you can start the appeals process. It can be a long, complicated process, but many decisions are overturned in the long run. The best way to make sure your appeals process doesn’t drag on longer than it needs to is to work hand in hand with a Social Security Disability lawyer. Your attorney can pull needed documents and make sure every deadline is met. Walton Law LLC can help ensure that, if your initial application is denied, your appeals strategy has the best chances of reversing the decision. Call us today at 251-319-5354.