People who are disabled for various reasons are glad to have the system of Social Security disability benefits that we have in this country. It can be a godsend for those who are not able to work consistently because of their illnesses or injuries. However, it is not guaranteed someone will be able to get approved for benefits on their first attempt.

In fact, it can take months or even years of haggling with forms and interviews to succeed — and sometimes, after years of futile efforts, people still find themselves on the outside looking in. With the help of an experienced Atlanta Social Security disability attorney, this does not have to be the case.

One man’s trials and tribulations are a good example of how an attorney might be able to make the difference for someone who is struggling to obtain Social Security disability benefits. The man, now in his early 30s, endured years of abuse as a child, then became addicted to crack cocaine and served time in prison as a result of crimes he committed to find money for drugs.

As a result of his childhood experiences, the man — now having completed rehab and served his time behind bars — suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Almost any kind of work environment will cause him to get overwhelmingly anxious and tempt him to return to drugs. Counselors suggested to him that he apply for Social Security disability benefits.

However, after two years, the man still has not been approved. Someone in a similar situation might be able to benefit from speaking with an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney.

Source: Santa Fe Reporter, “Can anyone fix social security’s broken benefits system?” Joey Peters, Feb. 26, 2013