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Disability Lawyer in Gulfport MS
We are Gulfport disability attorneys assisting people with Social Security disability claims in Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula and elsewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
As disability lawyers in Gulfport MS, our goal here is to provide you with valuable information that may be difficult to find elsewhere. While the Social Security Administration provides disability information on its website, this information is very general and sometimes difficult to understand. This site is designed to provide easy-to-understand analysis of Social Security laws, and to give you specific information you can use to increase your chances of being approved for disability in Gulfport.
If you have questions about disability, or want to have an experienced Gulfport disability lawyer handle your claim, please contact us for a free consultation. In addition to free consultations, we do not charge any fees or expenses until we win your disability case.
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If you suffer from depression, you may be entitled to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
The Depression Problem
The SSA reports that in 2009, more than 25% of all disability claims filed in the United States related to depression or other mental illnesses. Depression accounts for more disability applications than any other illness, condition or disease. These types of claims accounted for more than 2.4 million disability applications during 2009.
It is not surprising that depression accounts for so many disability claims. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 15 million Americans suffer from some type of major depressive disorder.
What is Depression?
Depression is classified as a mental illness or disorder. Simply stated, depression is a feeling of sadness or hopelessness, that lasts for an extended period of time. Depression may be mild, moderate or severe. Even so-called mild depression can seriously interfere with one’s ability to work.
Causes of Depression
The exact cause of depression varies from one individual to another. Depression may result from chemical problems within the brain. Depression may also be caused by high levels of stress, or by learned behavior.
Regardless of the cause of depression, its effects can be severe.
Symptoms and Treatment of Depression
Depression may cause the following symptoms and effects:
Feelings of sadness and hopelessness that last for an extended period of time.
Feelings of worthlessness or inadequacy.
Fatigue, tiredness or lack of energy.
Sleep problems (sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at all).
Inability to concentrate.
Thoughts of death or suicide.
Any one of these symptoms can seriously hinder one’s ability to maintain employment. Most people with depression have more than one of these symptoms. When a person is suffering from more than one of these symptoms, working can become impossible.
Depression may be treated in a variety of ways. Usually. doctors use antidepressant medication to treat depression. There are many different types of antidepressants. Each of these medications work differently, and have different effects on different people. In some cases, a particular medication may do nothing to relieve a person’s depression. For this reason, it sometimes takes many months for doctors to experiment with different medications and find one that works for a particular person.
Disability for Depression in Gulfport
Because depression has such debilitating effects on the mind and body, a person suffering from depression may be entitled to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Generally, in order to prove you are disabled due to depression, you must first meet the general disability requirement that you have a condition that either has lasted, or is likely to last, for 12 or more months. After that, you must show that the depression meets the Social Security Administration’s severity requirements.
Depression will likely last for 12 or more months.
As to meeting the first test, we are usually able to prove fairly easily that our clients either have suffered, or will suffer, from depression for at least twelve (12) months. By its nature, depression usually lasts longer than 12 months. We establish this fact using the testimony and written records from your treating doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist. After proving the 12-month requirement, we then move to whether your depression is severe enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Is your depression severe enough to qualify for disability?
Social Security disability laws have specific rules regarding whether your depression is severe enough to cause you to be disabled. There is basically a checklist for the types of symptoms and effects that you must have in order to be deemed disabled due to depression. Proof of these symptoms and effects must come from your doctor.
Even if you do not meet the qualifications in the disability laws, you can still be approved for disability if your symptoms prevent you from working. This is sometimes called “functional disability.” This means that, based upon your employment history and training, your symptoms prevent you from working in your previous occupation (or any other occupation).
Finally, even if you don’t meet the above requirements, you can still qualify for disability if depression, combined with other conditions, renders you disabled. For example, if you have depression and a bad back, the combination of effects from both conditions may cause you to be disabled. Even though the depression, standing alone, may not be severe enough to qualify you for disability, the overall effects of both depression and back pain may render you unable to work.
As you can see, there are several different ways that you can qualify for disability for depression. However, your case must be properly prepared and contain the required proof in order to be approved for disability due to depression.
How our Gulfport Disability Lawyers Can Help
Our Gulfport disability lawyers know what evidence the Social Security Administration needs in order to get your depression disability approved. We know exactly what your doctor’s notes and reports need to say. More importantly, we know how to get your doctor to use the correct language in the reports so you can be approved for disability sooner, rather than later. We might even be able to get you approved for disability without having to wait for the hearing. And if you need help finding a doctor or psychiatrist to evaluate and treat you for depression, we can refer you to doctors who are knowledgeable in disability requirements for depression.
If you’ve been diagnosed with depression and are unable to work, please contact us at 228-265-4396 for a free consultation. As always, there are no fees or expenses until we win your case.
How much does a Gulfport disability lawyer cost?
A Gulfport disability lawyer costs you nothing up-front, and only gets paid when you get approved for disability.
Social Security regulations set the maximum amount a disability attorney can charge to represent you. Currently, federal law sets the maximum attorney fee at 25% of your back benefits, or $6,000.00, whichever is less.
It is important to keep in mind that a disability attorney only gets paid if you get approved for disability. If you are not approved for disability, you should owe nothing. For a free no-obligation case evaluation from a Gulfport disability lawyer at Crowley & Ray, PLLC,
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