With mental health being an important topic widely discussed across America today, it is no wonder that many people have struggled to maintain balancing work and other aspects of their life when they are suffering from a mental illness. One of the unfortunate facts of life for somebody who struggles with mental illness is that they may have difficulty portraying this illness in a way that reaches others. This means that, just because the illness is not always seen on the surface, must mean that you are not suffering in some way. This is not true and we want to help you in your time of need, especially when a mental illness has caused difficulties in your work life and everyday well being. There are many challenges that may be unique to a variety of these cases, but just know that it is not impossible to receive disability when you are struggling. We are here for you.
The biggest challenge that you face is that your mental illness may appear “invisible” to many people, including insurance companies. Without seeing the source of your disability, many people may start to doubt its existence even though this is far from the truth. This is because many insurance companies are uneducated about the many types of mental illness and believe that somebody is trying to “fake” it just because it doesn’t show up on an x-ray, scan, or other tests all the time. It is important to work with an attorney who understands the many types of illnesses out there, from those that affect you physically and mentally, especially when you are applying for long-term disability benefits. It also helps to have a good doctor on your side who is treating you and can stand up for your rights in a desperate time of need when your illness has become debilitating.
Another challenge is the fact that you may not be able to work due to your illness, but the insurance company may fight over the fact that you should only be on short-term disability until you “get better.” This means that you may be approved for disability for a short amount of time, only to lose it many weeks or months later – even if your condition hasn’t improved. This is why it always helps to have good documentation when it comes to your illness and show how your illness has affected your ability to maintain a good quality of life, and how this obviously also affects your ability to work.
The last challenge is the fact that many people who suffer from mental illness are not receiving continuing care for their illness. If you want to be successful in your disability claim, you should always be under the regular care of a treating physician, consult a psychiatrist to speak further about your illness, and attend all treatment sessions or meetings to talk about the state of your illness. By doing so, your claim will be made legitimate and you will have good backing from reputable doctors.
If you are looking to legitimatize your case and show how a disability has had an effect on your life, you should always talk to an experienced attorney about your claim. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we understand the ins and outs of disability claims and can help you every step of the way. Call us today for more information on how we can help you at 800-300-0909.