For Missourians suffering from a mental illness, everyday life can be very difficult. Many people do not understand mental and emotional illnesses, and society still unfairly stigmatizes those who are afflicted by these disorders.
To make matters worse, a severe mental disorder can make it impossible for the person affected to work and earn a living. For people in this situation, Social Security disability benefits may be the financial lifeline they need.
Unfortunately, the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be daunting for anyone, and possibly more so for someone disabled by mental illness. The Social Security Administration requires detailed documentation of the applicant’s diagnosis, as well as extensive information as to how the disorder affects his or her ability to function. The applicant must submit voluminous paperwork in support of the application. And for many applicants, the end result is a denial of benefits.
At the law firm of Alan E. Dewoskin, P.C., we are committed to fighting for the rights of those who suffer from mental or emotional disorders and need Social Security disability benefits to make ends meet. We understand the requirements of the SSA and how to meet them. We know the common mistakes applicants make and how to avoid them. We work with the applicant’s physicians to make sure we submit the most compelling case possible. We represent applicants in the initial application process, and we also handle appeals for those who have had their applications denied. For more information on how we can help, please visit our Social Security Disability web page.