One thing that you should know is that when you are battling with a chronic mental condition that leaves you unable to work, you should consider the fact that you may qualify for social security disability fund. It is also essential to know that social security payments are determined by your work history and the amount of money that you have earned during your career.
Before you apply for social security disability benefits, you should know the difference between SSI and SSDI. The initials SSI means Supplemental Security Income which helps people with disability who never or rarely worked, people above sixty five, blind or the deaf. Besides, it is also essential to note that SSI is supported by our taxes and not the social security administration. On the other hand, SSDI is social security disability insurance which is distributed depending on your work history and the day you became disabled which is funded by social security administration. Typically, working for more than ten years will make you qualify for disability benefits, and you should find a lawyer quickly. Here are some of the things that you will have to prove in court to get your social security benefits.
One of the essential tips is the length of sickness. The disability claim is supposed to include the length of your sickness, when it started and how long it is expected to continue. Of which your lawyer will help you determine the onset date and also prepare your medical files to be presented in court and without this files you will have to sign a release. You find that when you have a mental condition your onset date will be the first date you went to an inpatient hospital program. This is not the case with a chronic illness which is difficult to determine because you might have lived with it longer than you can remember.
Last but not least, we also have the severity of illness. Here the court will have to know if you are confined in your home or you can work. You should be aware that your primary care physician or mental health caseworker will be called upon to submit their opinions. But this should not worry you anymore because your lawyer will help you prove that your illness is severe.
Besides, they will also check your ability to have another job. This will require you to let the judge know what you cannot do anymore so that you don’t throw away your chance. The interesting part is that your lawyer will help you figure out what to say during the hearing.