People who suffer from schizophrenia have a heavy cross to bear. One of the most Often this condition is so mentally and emotionally debilitation it is impossible for someone suffering from it to be able to carry on with the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. When schizophrenia makes it impossible for someone to hold down a steady job it is possible for that person to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Qualifying for disability benefits
A person with schizophrenia must first qualify for disability benefits. In order to do so, there must be proof of a diagnosis by a physician. You must also have documented proof that the condition has caused you to be unable to work for at least one full year. You must also meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) schizophrenia listing or be able to show a reduced ability to function due to the condition.
Meeting the SSA listing for schizophrenia
Qualification for disability benefits is virtually automatic if the requirements set by the SSA are met. The standards for qualification include having medical evidence of the following issues:
* Hallucinations or delusions
* A catatonic state
* Illogical thought in connection with a blunt, flat, or inappropriate presentation
* Being isolated or emotionally withdrawn
The above symptoms also must result in at least two of the following issues:
* A severe restriction in daily activities
* A severe difficulty in dealing with other people
* Severe problems in maintaining attention, perseverance, or pace on tasks
* Repeated episodes of increased symptoms associated with an inability to function. Each episode must last at least two weeks.
Repeated episodes of increased symptoms associated with an inability to function. Each episode must last at least two weeks.
If the above qualifications are not met, disability benefits may still be applied for. The alternate qualifications include:
* Repeated episodes of increased symptoms with each episode lasting at least two weeks
* A current state of functioning that causes symptoms to increase with even a small amount of demands or change to environment
* A current living arrangement that has been in existence at least one year that provides a highly supportive environment without which there is a lack of functioning
If you or someone you love are suffering from schizophrenia and think you may be eligible for disability benefits, your next step is to speak with a lawyer who is well-versed in Social Security disability law. The attorneys at Fred London Law are experts in the field and can answer any questions you have. Contact us today.