PTSD and Applying for New England Disability Benefits: Part Two
If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), then you know how frustrating and frightening this condition can be. And when it comes to applying for New England Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits, it is sometimes difficult to provide the evidence needed to be successful.
As Boston disability legal specialists, we know that you may need assistance in preparing a successful application. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) begins with your state SSA disability agency and involves a five-step process:
- Step One: Are you working? You must meet the SSA definition of disability. You must prove that you cannot do the work you did before, you cannot adjust to other work, and your disability has lasted or will last at least one year. If you are making more than $1,010 per month in 2012, you will be denied.
- Step Two: Is your medical condition “severe”? You must prove that your PTSD is severe enough to keep you from doing the things you need for most jobs. You must be significantly impaired in performing the basic tasks necessary to your work.
- Step Three: Is your medical condition on the “Listing of Impairments”? Your disability must be listed in the SSA disability “Listing of Impairments.” PTSD is there under “Mental Disorders” 12.06, “Anxiety Related Disorders.”
- Step Four: Can you do the work you did before? The state agency makes a determination at this point. If it is decided that your medical condition does make it impossible for you to do the work you did before you got PTSD, then you will be moved on to step five.
- Step Five: Can you do any other type of work? In this final step, it is determined whether you could do other work, based on your experience and skills. If you are found to be unable to perform any other job, then the state agency will make the determination that you are, indeed, disabled.
For more information about this process, you can visit the SSA disability website. Here you will find a huge number of articles on all aspects of SSA disability benefits and downloadable application materials.
Unfortunately, all of this information can become overwhelming for most people. If you have questions about applying for New England SSA disability benefits, please contact Keefe Disability Law. Not only can we supply you with answers to your questions, but we can also help prepare your application.
Also, please order a free copy of one of our special reports, written to help you make the best decisions and be successful. Just click on the “Free Reports” bar on this page. We have provided legal assistance to many successful clients in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.