Getting Social Security Benefits for Mental Disabilities
Struggling with a mental illness is a serious issue. If you’re someone living with a mental illness such as depression, OCD, anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder, then you know it can be a huge strain on your job as well as your personal life. Mental illnesses are often just as serious as physical ones. Fortunately, if you suffer from a debilitating mental illness that makes it difficult to perform your job, you can apply for social security benefits.
However, many people run into a significant challenge: It can be much more difficult to prove to a court the effects of a mental illness as opposed to a physical one. Today I want to share a few tips to keep in mind when applying for social security:
- Show a History of Treatment
Proving to the court that you have a history of coping with your mental illness is a good way to demonstrate not only the effects of the illness, but also your desire to get better. This will help your case tremendously.
- Receive a Diagnosis from a Psychiatrist or Psychologist
With any disability, the court wants to see that you’ve have sought an expert opinion. A psychiatrist or psychologist will have the training and expertise to give the court a solid basis on which to form their decision.
- See a Doctor Before You File for Disability
In order to be approved, not only will you need a diagnosis, but it will need to be a recent one. Remember that in the State of North Carolina, you’ll need to have seen a doctor within in the 90 days before you file.
- Take All of Your Prescribed Medicines
Not only does taking your medicine show your interest in improving your condition, it also allows the court to accurately assess your mental health. They want to be able to evaluate your mental state while receiving treatment.
- Provide School Records If Filing for Long Term Disability
If possible, it’s recommended that you submit your school records while filing for long term disability. This will allow the court to get a more complete view of your mental history. For instance, they’ll be able to assess previous testing you took, as well as show difficulties you may have struggled with in the past.
As with any case, the best thing you can do is to follow the advice of your attorney. They will be able to instruct you on what you need to submit and what you need to do before filing. At Oxner + Permar, we provide free, 30-minute consultations, so If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
Did you know that social security benefits cover mental illness? If you have any questions about how to apply for these benefits, be sure to contact an experienced attorney.
A Bad Year for Johnson & Johnson
If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you probably know that Johnson & Johnson faced some substantial cases last year. In fact, the company has been engaged in six of the seven biggest product defect cases of 2016. And the verdicts did not play out in their favor. They are likely to end up losing millions of dollars as a result.
Johnson & Johnson started 2016 off with their first major case involving a defective blood-thinner, Xeralto, which caused uncontrollable bleeding in some patients. They also were involved in two major defective hip implant cases and two cases involving talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The sixth case was over their drug Risperdal, which caused the boys who took it to develop female breasts. In all 6 of these cases, Johnson & Johnson was forced to settle for anywhere from $55 million to $1 billion.
The important thing about cases such as these is that they can end up becoming more and more expensive for a company, even after the cases have settled. Many people worry that they won’t be able to stand up in court to a big company such as Johnson & Johnson. However, once they see that someone with a similar case has been successful, more and more victims start stepping forward.
Everyone who’s been wrongfully harmed by a prescription drug or medical device that was supposed to help them deserves to have their case heard and to be rightfully compensated. If you’ve been injured as a result of a faulty product, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney like the caring and determined team members we have at Oxner + Permar. We can help you stand up to the big corporations and get the benefits you deserve.
With more than $257 million in awards and settlements, the attorneys at Oxner + Permar have the experience to stand up to big corporations and ensure that your rights are protected.
What Happens When Uniforms Cause Injuries?
I’ve heard a lot of different opinions about uniforms. Some workers don’t enjoy wearing them: They say they’re not comfortable or that they lack individuality. One client mentioned to me that they didn’t like their uniform because it was just plain ugly. Other people love their uniforms: They say they’re comfy, that they make them look professional, or that it allows them to not have to think about what to wear. Regardless of how you feel about uniforms, we can all agree that none of us want our uniforms to make us sick.
Unfortunately, that’s what seems to be happening with American Airlines’ new uniforms. The airline company rolled out their new uniforms in September to more than 70,000 employees. Since then there are reports that as many as 2,000 employees have complained of sickness. With symptoms such as rashes, itching, headaches, and eye irritation, the union is already calling for a recall of the uniforms.
Although around 350 employees have already filed formal complaints, so far the uniform manufacturer’s response has been to offer uniforms made in different materials. They’re apparently working on a 100% cotton alternative uniform.
While irritation from a uniform may not strike you as something that needs a workers’ compensation claim, this is a type of injury covered by workers’ compensation. If you or someone you know has a uniform-related workers’ compensation claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
If you or someone you know has a uniform-related workers’ comp claim, feel free to give the experienced attorneys at Oxner + Permar a call for a free consultation.
What Are My Chances of Winning an Appeal?
If you’ve filed for Social Security Disability, it can be devastating to find out your claim has been denied. Especially if you believe your claim has been denied unfairly. But denial is not necessarily the end of the road. There are steps you can take to appeal this decision. At this point, however, you might be wondering: Is it really worth the effort? What are my chances of winning an appeal?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say for certain. Every situation is different, and therefore, there will be factors and variables that affect everyone’s chances differently. I’ll give you a few statistics. When an appeal claim is at the reconsideration level, there’s an 85% chance it will be rejected. At the hearing level, there’s a 50/50 chance a claim will be rejected. However, there are things you can do to increase your chances. For one, hiring an attorney will increase the chance of your appeal succeeding.
There are many factors that are taken into consideration when reviewing your case — such as whether or not your condition has worsened over time. They will also likely look at whether or not you’ve been following the proper procedures. For instance, did you let Social Security know of any changes to your condition when you filed your appeal? Have you been keeping your files up-to-date, making notes of appointments and procedures? Have you complied with all requests made by the Disability Determination Services?
It is important to make sure that you are keeping your records up-to-date, and an attorney can help make sure that you’re staying on the right track. The presence of an attorney can increase your chances of your appeal succeeding, but it’s also a good idea to work with an attorney because we can help you navigate your claim and make sure that you’re doing everything to receive the benefits that you deserve.
At Oxner + Permar, we’re dedicated to making sure that you receive the care and compensation you need — and with more than $275 million in awards and settlements, we have the experience to protect your rights.
What is the Million Dollar Advocates Forum?
What is it that sets your attorney apart? Have they won any special awards? Do they have more experience than others? How can you know if your attorney really is the best?
There are certain awards and accreditations that attorneys receive that prove they go the extra mile, and that they’re truly as good at their job as they claim to be. We’ve talked in past blogs about Board Certified Attorneys. However, Board Certification is not the only award an attorney can receive. Have you ever heard of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum?
You might not realize straight away that members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum are lawyers. You might be imagining an exclusive club of rich and powerful celebrities—and you’d be partially right! The Million Dollar Advocates forum is a very exclusive group: fewer than 1% of attorneys in the U.S. are members.
So what does it take to become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum? You have to have won a trial with a verdict or settlement of at least $1 million. If an attorney can achieve this, then they will have proven their ability to get superior results in complex court cases.
Oxner + Permar has multiple attorneys on staff who are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which means that when you work with us, you’re working with attorneys who have the experience and capability to take on any case. They know how to navigate the intricacies of workers’ compensation law and obtain superior results.
If you have any questions about your workers’ compensation claim, or would like to get in touch with a member of our outstanding team, don’t hesitate to give us a call.