Depression Disability Benefits

3 Most Common Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

by Staff | February 12th, 2014

February 12, 2014

There are a variety of conditions that qualify Americans for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But some conditions are seen by the Social Security Administration more often than others. Here are three of the most common conditions that qualify people for SSD:

  • ArthritisData indicates this is the most common cause for long-term disability, considering it affects roughly one-third of all disability claimants. The disease is noted for causing severe pain in joints and muscles and can eventually hinder movement.
  • Cardiovascular Problems – These conditions affect heart or blood vessels and can prevent individuals from working by limiting their physical ability to perform. The Social Security Administration does list several criteria that must be met before the condition can be approved as disabling though. See more about those limitations here.
  • Depression – While many conditions must be deemed terminal in order to receive disability benefits, others, such as depression, must only be shown to last more than one year. Depression is a condition that affects one’s ability to properly function due to changes in mood and behavior. Depression is the most common condition listed in disability claims today.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be to live with a disabling condition, and they encourage those suffering from ailments like these to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

Depression Named Second Most Common Cause of Disability

by Staff | November 14th, 2013

November 15, 2013

There are millions of people throughout the United States who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition they suffer from. The number of individuals receiving benefits for mental health conditions, such as Depression Disability Benefits, has only risen dramatically in recent decades though.

According to a recent study, conducted by the World Health Organization and released in the journal PLOS, depression is the second most common cause of disability in the world today. Furthermore, experts tend to believe the findings show the importance of countries treating mental health as a top priority while implementing strategies to reduce burden.

The team examined data culminated from around the world and determined that women tended to be more likely to suffer from depression than men. Different rates of depression were also recorded in different nations, with Afghanistan reporting the highest rates of depression and Japan experiencing the lowest rates.

For those suffering from depression in the United States though, help is available through Social Security disability benefits; however, the claimant must meet certain criteria in order for their claim to be approved. The Social Security Administration will examine the claimant’s work history, medical records, and other documentation to determine if an individual is eligible for benefits.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the process for determining such eligibility can be quite complex. That is why the firm urges anyone considering filing a disability claim to discuss their case with an attorney.