Bipolar Disorder Social Security Disability Cases

March 02,2010
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Bipolar Disorder is a debilitating psychiatric disorder often referred to as “manic-depression,” which causes those who suffer from it to cycle between “highs” (periods of extremely happy or irritable moods) and “lows” (depression). The manic phase is characterized by hyperactivity and easy distraction and often results in poor judgment and reckless behavior, while the depression phase is marked by profound, all-encompassing sadness. The periods can last for days, even months. There is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes, which return in most patients, even if they are being treated.

Anyone who suffers from Bipolar Disorder knows how incapacitating the condition can be when it comes to daily activities, including work. If you are unable to work for one year or more due to Bipolar Disorder, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Many people do not realize that if they suffer from a debilitating mental illness, they may be eligible for disability benefits. Whether Bipolar Disorder is the primary basis of a claim, or the reason you are applying involves both mental and physical issues, the medical evidence must be clear in order to win your claim.

Hermann Law Group, PLLC is a full service disability law firm with more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who suffer from Bipolar Disorder and other serious impairments and are seeking Social Security Disability benefits. We have expertise in handling claims for individuals suffering from Bipolar Disorder and other mental illnesses. We know what medical evidence is necessary to prove your case, and we will coordinate with your treating physicians to make sure that your claim is complete so that you can win. Contact our firm toll free at 877-773-3030 or contact us through our website for a consultation at no cost to you.

In addition to obtaining your necessary medical records, we will ask your doctors to complete forms that respond to the specific issues that must be resolved in a claim for Bipolar Disorder. Also, in our experience we have found that in many cases psychiatric or psychological records do not note a patient’s limitations or problems, only any changes from visit to visit or medication levels and tolerance. In those cases we may also ask your doctor for a more detailed explanation of your problems. Occasionally, testimony from others may also be of value at your hearing.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the federal agency that operates the national disability and retirement benefits programs. The SSA generally offers two types of disability benefits. The SSA makes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to adults and children who are disabled or blind and have limited income and resources. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), on the other hand, is available to disabled persons, their spouses and children, regardless of income and resources, if the disabled person has made sufficient payments into the Social Security system.

In order to obtain disability benefits, a person must file a claim with the SSA. The disability claims process is often long and complex; it may include an administrative hearing before an SSA Administrative Law Judge. Unfortunately, the SSA initially denies the majority of claims it reviews, including many with merit. A person whose claim is initially denied must appeal in order to continue to pursue the claim.

The Social Security disability lawyers at Hermann Law Group do one thing: represent disabled individuals. We are not just attorneys; we are also skilled litigators. We know the claims process, the local SSA staff and many of the SSA ALJs. When we prepare your claim, we know what the SSA’s analysts and judges are looking for, and we know how to present your claim in the strongest possible light. We take claims as far in the administrative process as necessary to prevail. We are licensed attorneys, authorized to appear on your behalf in federal court.

We proudly maintain a success rate of over 90% for all decisions received over the past twelve months. We are so confident in our abilities that in Social Security Disability cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we win your case.