Diseases that lead to the impairment of one’s memory are becoming increasingly common. While once thought to afflict only the elderly population, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and related conditions are, more and more often, diagnosed in working-age individuals. Likewise, the ongoing memory-depleting effects of strokes and traumatic injuries to the brain have become better understood and more widely recognized. As a result, the Social Security Administration has come to accept memory loss as an impairment that, in many cases, enables one to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Nevertheless, many individuals struggling with memory loss and its associated disorders find their benefits claims denied. This is because the government has a narrow view of qualifying conditions and the extent to which they compromise an individual’s ability to perform everyday tasks. Indeed, the Social Security Administration conducts extensive investigations into the severity of one’s memory loss, and requires applicants to prove that they are unable to undertake any sort of work — whether intellectually challenging or not.
The lawyers at Cutter Hall Karlock, LLC, have more than six decades of combined experience helping individuals establish their eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. We know the process is complicated, and work closely with our clients to help them understand what is required of them. We understand how to assemble the strongest possible claims, and are able to appeal rejected claims — all the way up to federal court.
Our firm is also adept in helping individuals and family members of individuals with psychotic disorders pursue SSDI/SSI benefits. The government recognizes that schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and related impairments may prevent one from working, and offers compensation to such individuals.
Yet, as with all conditions, establishing one’s eligibility is far from easy. Individuals must demonstrate the persistence of delusions, hallucinations, catatonic behavior, incoherence or illogical thinking. They must also prove that such symptoms have led directly to one’s inability to perform everyday tasks, socialize, maintain focus and other behaviors that are central to one’s ability to work.
With the bar set so high, it is no surprise that SSD claims are regularly rejected.
Serving in Columbus and throughout central Ohio, our attorneys offer free consultations, so we can assess your claim and inform you of the steps you need to take before obliging you to pay. To arrange an appointment, call us or contact us online.