Mental Illness, Depression and SSDI Claims - Philadelphia PA Lawyer
If you have a mental illness that prevents you from working, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, simply having the illness is not enough. You must prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that this mental health disability prevents you from working. With help from an experienced disability lawyer, you can ensure your mental health impairments are considered and evaluated.
Would you like help obtaining SSDI benefits because of a mental illness? Call Jeffrey S. Lichtman, Esquire, Attorney at Law toll free at 1-800-346-7600 for a free consultation . You can also email the firm and someone will be in touch with you promptly.
An Experienced Lawyer Is on Your Side
Jeffrey S. Lichtman practices exclusively in Social Security law. He is dedicated to guiding your SSDI or SSI case successfully through the system. He handles initial disability applications and all levels of the appeals process. If you have a mental illness such as those listed below, Jeffrey Lichtman can help you obtain the cash and medical benefits you need:
- Bipolar disorder
- Tourette syndrome
- Obsessions or compulsions
- Panic attacks
Enlist Help From Professionals
The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman provides knowledgeable, experienced help to people during the process of obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits. The firm knows that working with doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health specialists is vital to ensuring a successful claim. A doctor, therapist or other professional can help prove that your illness prevents you from working. Factors such as frequency of visits, types of medications, medical procedures, emergency room visits and hospitalizations can aid in your claim.
Understanding the Four Areas of Functioning
Social Security will use four areas of functioning to determine if your illness is severe enough to prevent you from working. For some mental illnesses, you must prove that you have problems in at least two areas. For others, you must prove that you have problems in at least three areas. The four areas of functioning are as follows:
- Activities of Daily living : This includes household tasks, personal hygiene and financial responsibility.
- Social functioning : Social isolation, difficulty getting along with coworkers and supervisors and other behaviors may indicate you are unable to function in the workplace.
- Concentration : If you are unable to complete important projects, it may indicate you have deficient concentration and are unable to hold a job.
- Decompensation : If you have incidents of "blowing up" in anger or inappropriate reactions to daily events, it may indicate your inability to work.
Jeffrey Lichtman has 20 years of experience and is ready to help you.
You pay no fees unless we secure or reinstate your SSDI or SSI benefits. Contact the firm today for a free consultation.