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Mental conditions create more complications in applying for SSDI

The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) has some resources available to help you understand the system and apply for benefits. They can help you with forms and give you basic information about what kind of evidence to collect. While this may be enough for certain claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Ohio residents should be aware that more complex claims may require the aid of a legal professional.

Some disabling conditions are readily apparent, and can be seen either with the naked eye or medical imaging equipment like x-rays or MRIs. It is fairly obvious that a lost limb or the debilitating physical effects of certain cancer treatments will be disabling, at least to some extent. Psychological conditions, on the other hand, may be much more difficult to diagnose, and even when they are, it may be hard to prove what kind of effect they may have on your ability to work.

It is in cases like these, the aid from an experienced legal professional may be the best course of action. An attorney who has handled these types of cases before knows what kind of evidence tends to be persuasive to the SSA, and how to best go about collecting such evidence. He or she will be familiar with terms such as "Residual Functional Capacity," and how to effectively present a case for SSD insurance so that it has the best chance of being approved.

Individuals who have a mental condition that has kept them from working for twelve months, or will keep them from working for twelve months in the future, may be eligible for disability benefits. Whether it's depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia, your best chance to receive benefits may be to consult with an experienced disability attorney. To learn more, feel free to peruse our mental disabilities web page.

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