Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD and Social Security Benefits

What You Need to Know

When applying for Social Security Disability for any mental illness, often times the claimant runs into trouble trying to prove the legitimacy of their condition as the resulting effects causes them to be unable to work.

For PTSD, this condition is often under diagnosed. The most common occurrences of this case are found in veterans, typically diagnosed by a VA doctor who sees these conditions regularly compared to a clinical doctor who may not be as familiar.

Non-military traumatic events can include:

  • Car accidents
  • Natural disasters
  • Fires
  • Sexual assault

Approval for disability for PTSD is difficult, but not impossible.  If you feel your mental disorder meets the necessary requirements to qualify for disability you should consider obtaining the necessary medical documentation from your doctor to better prove the severity of your mental illness. A thorough evaluation detailing the condition will be a key factor in your application process.

Another common set-back when making a SSD claim for PTSD is the history of drug and alcohol use. A regular occurrence among PTSD victims, the use of drugs and alcohol is often seen as a way to cope with the symptoms caused by PTSD. However, any indication that there is a drug and/or alcohol dependency will result in a denied claim.

If you are suffering from PTSD and are looking to seek SSD benefits, it is in your best interest to contact one of our experienced social security disability lawyers today to help you in your application process. Call the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation, as see how we can help you get the benefits you deserve. Our lawyers will guide you through obtaining the necessary documents and information that will put you on the right track to for getting your claims approved.


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