Being diagnosed with an illness or a mental condition can shake ones world. While it is possible to overcome it and lead a normal life, this could initially alter one’s life in a significant way. For some, a diagnosis of such a disorder could require aggressive medical treatment and ongoing care. This could disrupt one’s ability to work and even care for him or herself. Thus, it is important for individuals in Florida and elsewhere to understand what options are available and if he or she is eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Seeking SSD benefits
Although an individual may understand that these benefits are necessary and it appears to be obvious that one would qualify for them, each and every applicant needs to prove eligibility. With regards to illnesses and mental conditions, evidence is required in order for the Social Security Administration to evaluate an applicant’s disability and determine eligibility.
Medical evidence is the best source, as it is a medical professional not only certifying that an individual has an impairment due to an illness or condition, but it also provides information regarding examinations, diagnoses and treatments. This documentation can also signify the severity of the condition and how it impacts a person’s functions when it comes to daily tasks and the ability to work.
Responsibilities of an applicant
When submitting evidence to prove eligibility of SSD benefits, an applicant should consider whether or not the evidence provided helps address these three things. This includes the nature and the severity of the impairment or impairments, how long he or she has experienced the impairment and whether the applicant is still able to do physical and mental work-related activities with the impairment.
The application process for disability benefits is multifaceted and goes beyond compiling evidence for eligibility. Thus, it is important that those seeking to apply for these benefits fully understand the process and what could be done if obstacles are encountered or he or she is initially denied SSD benefits.