Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Health Conditions

Mental illness can be every bit as disabling as physical injuries and ailments. Yet the Social Security Administration is skeptical of disability claims for mental disorders. Thousands of claimants are turned down every year despite their inability to function in a workplace.

The law firm of Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., has a good track record with Social Security Disability claims for mental health conditions. Our experienced lawyers can represent you in claims, hearings and appeals to get the benefits you need.

We know your mental condition is real. And we know the kind of documentation required to turn a denied claim around. Our firm represents SSDI claimants in Burlington County and throughout New Jersey. Call us for a free consultation.

The Double Burden Of Mental Disorder Claims

The majority of all SSDI claims — for physical or mental conditions — are initially denied. But being turned down for Social Security Disability takes an extra toll on someone who is already struggling with their mental health. Our attorneys are committed to presenting the strongest claim in the administrative review stage and preparing clients for the crucial ALJ hearing before an administrative law judge.

We have had success with all types of mental disability claims under SSDI, including:

  • Chronic depression
  • Bipolar disorder ("manic-depressive")
  • Panic attacks and anxiety disorders
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Diminished mental capacity (low IQ)
  • Brain injury (cognitive deficits, emotional control)

To qualify for Social Security Disability, you must meet specific medical criteria and demonstrate that you have a qualifying health condition that prevents you from securing or sustaining employment. Claimants who are over the age of 50 or who have additional medical conditions may qualify for special consideration.

Our lawyers are knowledgeable about the criteria for various mental disorders, such as frequency and duration of symptoms. We work with you and your doctors to detail the medical records and put you in the best position for your hearing or appeals.

Our Legal Team Is Here To Help

The SSDI process is complex and frustrating. At Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., we strive to be accessible and responsive to clients throughout the process. We will keep you informed and do everything we can to improve your chances of getting approved for benefits.

We welcome mental health disability claims, even if your application has already been turned down. For a free consultation, call 800-661-8309 or fill out our online form and we will respond promptly. If your disability prevents you from traveling to our Burlington office, we can arrange to come to your home in the South Jersey area.