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Is epilepsy a qualifying disease for disability benefits?

Epilepsy afflicts many people in Missouri. The seizures that typify the disease can interfere with work and with the daily tasks of living. Most people familiar with the disease understand that it has varying degrees of intensity, and the Social Security Administration takes these differences into account in defining the level of disability that qualifies for Social Security disability benefits.

Bipolar disorder and SSDI benefits

Some Missouri residents may have experienced bipolar disorder first-hand, either as a patient or as a friend or family of a person with the disorder. The disorder often interferes with a person's ability to work when the depressive features of the disorder are manifest. Sometimes, even the manic aspects of the disorder can cause a person to quit a job when they feel "high" and able carry on without income. In either situation, the disorder has disabling features that can allow an individual to seek Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") benefits.

Comparing SSDI benefits with private disability insurance

Many Missourians purchase private disability insurance to guard against an unforeseen illness or injury that could limit or destroy their ability to work. Most of these persons are also eligible to file claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In this post, we will provide a summary comparison of the two types of insurance plans and a description of how they may fit together.

Applicants for SSD benefits often wait years for appeal results

The Social Security Administration (SSA) encourages unsuccessful applicants for disability benefits to avail themselves of the various appellate procedures that it offers. Many persons in Missouri have followed this advice, but they often wait many months or even years to receive a decision after the appeal hearing is concluded. Information emerging from the SSA now shows that this experience is not unique.

Are SSD benefits available for mental illness?

As awareness of various types of mental illness spreads in Missouri and elsewhere, persons often wonder whether a mental disorder can be the basis for receiving Social Security Disability benefits. The short answer is "Yes," but making an application and assembling and submitting the necessary evidence can be difficult.

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