Disability for PTSD in Washington, D.C.
Taking Back Your Life After Extreme Stress
Whether you were in an accident, experienced a natural disaster, survived a violent crime, suffered a life-threatening health scare, or went through combat, it’s common and completely normal for you to feel continued, future stress.
In fact, according to mental health non-profit The Sidran Institute, more than 13 million Americans are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at any given time.
If you’re experiencing stress, fear, flashbacks or nightmares about your trauma, it’s possible that you’ve developed PTSD. Otherwise innocuous sounds, images, smells or situations can trigger extreme anxiety and panic attacks. This condition can be so severe that it disrupts your ability to continue in your job.
Being unable to work and bring home a paycheck only adds to the stress you live with every day.
But there’s a way to relieve your burden. Social Security Disability benefits provide monthly income and qualify you for Medicare health coverage, freeing you to focus less on money problems and more on healing.
At Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates, we’ve helped people in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area win disability benefits for more than 25 years.
How to Qualify for Social Security Disability for PTSD
Simply telling Social Security that you have PTSD isn’t enough. In order to receive monthly disability checks, you must prove you meet its “blue book” listing of official impairments that qualify for benefits. For PTSD this includes documenting symptoms like these:
- You relive your traumatic experience through extreme flashbacks, nightmares or memories.
- You have mood and behavior disturbances.
- Your stress interferes with your daily life because of problems like hyper-alertness, avoiding situations that remind you of your trauma and sleep problems.
- Your PTSD makes it difficult or impossible for you to function at work because you have difficulty concentrating, processing information and interacting with others.
- PTSD has negatively impacted your social life.
Medical records from your psychiatrist and therapist are important elements that you need to prove your disability claim for PTSD.
But even if Social Security concludes your case doesn’t meet its specific listing for PTSD, you may still win disability benefits based on what they call a “medical-vocational allowance.”
With this option, Social Security will evaluate your individual PTSD symptoms to determine how they limit your ability to work—which is the key to any disability case.
To win benefits, you must be unable to work your most recent job or any other job, and your condition will last at least a year.
You don’t have to pay anything to get a case consultation with Mathis & Mathis to explore your options.
How an Advocate Helps Win Disability for PTSD
Everyone in the Washington, D.C., area knows that government agencies are complex. They make you go through endless steps and rules to get anything done.
It’s no different when you’re filing a claim or appealing a denial for Social Security Disability.
In fact, the government’s own data shows that you’re more likely to win monthly disability checks if you’re working with a disability advocate than if you’re filing a claim on your own. An advocate who knows the system can help you with all the forms and procedures.
If your case goes to a Social Security administrative law judge, one government report found you’re almost three times more likely to win benefits if you bring a representative who helps you argue your claim and cross-examines medical and vocational experts who testify about you.
PTSD can be horrifying and difficult to talk about and explain to other people.
But at Mathis & Mathis, we take time and care to understand what you’re going through, so we can help you win you the disability checks you deserve. We know PTSD is real and debilitating—and many sufferers have no choice but to stop working.
Your trauma has taken so much from you. Don’t let PTSD steal your financial stability, too.