The Social Security program in America was designed to help those who are less fortunate receive the financial funding that they need to live as happy and fulfilling lives as possible. Part of this program involves assisting those who have disabilities that prevent them from working or holding a job for an extended period of time. This is meant to give income to those that can’t earn through the normal means, such as holding employment. There are many different kinds of disabilities that qualify for Social Security benefits, so the spectrum of those who receive benefits is extensive.
The most obvious are physical disabilities, which also tend to be among the most common forms for the Social Security program. These can range anywhere from broken bones to chronic illnesses and also encompass temporary disabilities, such as those sustained from an auto or on the job accident to permanent ones, such as the loss of a limb. The amount of time that the affliction has been present is usually irrelevant, so long as it can be proven that it is indeed an inhibition to working.
Mental illness is also covered under the Social Security program. Again, the spectrum for this is vast, ranging from anxiety and depression disorders to more severe cases, such as bipolar and schizophrenia. As with physical diseases or afflictions, it must be well-documented that a diagnosis of a mental disorder prevents someone from working and earning an income through means of employment.
If you or someone you know meets these criteria, you can apply for Social Security disability benefits through the Administration’s website. If the initial application is rejected, it is not the end of the line. You can appeal to have the rejection overturned and, when you do, it is very helpful to have an experienced attorney on your side to help you through the process. To learn more about how the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this capacity, please call us at (813) 872-0929.