Psychiatric Claims for Social Security Disability
Mental illness disability claims are among the most difficult to prove. Many lawyers will not handle these cases. At the law firm of Rogers, Hofrichter & Karrh, we do not shy away from psychiatric claims. In fact, they make up a large share of the cases we handle, and we have a solid success rate in getting those clients approved for Social Security disability.
Whether you are considering a mental illness claim or you have already been turned down, please contact us today for a free initial consultation. Our experienced attorneys have helped disability claimants across Metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia since 1993.
Mental Illness as a Qualifying Disability
The Social Security Administration recognizes many forms of mental illness as impairments qualifying for disability benefits. Rogers, Hofrichter & Karrh has won benefits for many types of psychiatric disorder:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder ("manic-depressive")
- Anxiety disorders, including phobias and panic attacks
- Severe depression
- Psychological side effects of necessary medications
However, a clinical diagnosis alone is not sufficient grounds to qualify for benefits. Many people who are undergoing treatment by a psychiatrist or psychologist for a specific illness — and often a combination of disorders — are nonetheless rejected for Social Security disability (SSDI) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income).
Our attorneys have been working with mental health professionals for 20 years. They know the lingo and the questions to ask. They excel at documenting the pathology of mental illness claims — how our clients' lives are tormented and disrupted to the point that they can't concentrate or function in a work setting for any length of time.
We understand that our clients desperately need medications, counseling and regular treatment, and that without disability benefits these expensive therapies are out of reach. While we cannot speed up the Social Security bureaucracy, we can position clients for the best chance of getting their SSI or SSDI claims approved. And we are prepared to fight at every level of the administrative appeals process to secure coverage.
Call us toll free at 877-572-3949 for a free case evaluation, or contact us online to arrange a consultation. We can meet clients at several locations in the Atlanta area.