If your schizoaffective symptoms prevent you from working or keeping a job in Pittsburgh, you may be eligible for Social Security for schizoaffective disorder. Let the team from Berger and Green review your case and help you file a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We can also help you navigate the appeals process if the Social Security Administration already denied your initial claim.
Since 1983, Berger and Green has fought for the compensation our clients need and deserve. We will help you pursue disability benefits, including filing your claim or handling your appeal. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started with a free case evaluation.
Qualifying for Benefits Based on a Schizoaffective Disorder Diagnosis
The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of impairment listings places schizoaffective disorders under Section 12.03 – Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders. You must meet specific criteria to prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment.
To approve you for benefits, the examiner from the Office of Disability Determination Services must see evidence you have at least one of the following:
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Disorganized thinking or speech
- Grossly disorganized behavior or catatonia
They also need medical evidence to show you have either “extreme limitation” in one or “marked limitation” in more than one of these areas:
- Understanding, remember, and applying information
- Interacting with others
- Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining the pace
- Adapting or managing yourself
Alternatively, you may be able to show you have a history of a serious and persistent schizoaffective disorder that has lasted at least two years despite ongoing treatment and that you struggle to adapt to changes in your environment or routine.
The examiner from the Office of Disability Determination Services will only know the details of your illness that you provide. For this reason, it is important you provide as much detail as possible when describing your limitations. In addition, they will rely on your medical records to find the evidence to support and approve your claim.
That’s why you must provide accurate and complete contact information for all your medical care providers. We can help you do this before filing your claim.
Qualifying for Disability Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
If you do not meet the impairment listing’s qualifications, you may have to rely on your residual functional capacity (RFC) to get the disability benefits you need and deserve. Your RFC is an evaluation of your remaining abilities despite your impairment. Your RFC tells the Social Security Administration about your ability to get and retain a job.
If they find you cannot work any job you qualify for, or that you require accommodations to work and earn a substantial gainful wage, you may qualify for disability benefits.
There are generally three ways they can evaluate your RFC:
- A doctor from the Office of Disability Determination Services can evaluate your abilities.
- Your own doctor can evaluate your abilities based on their knowledge of your case.
- The Social Security Administration can ask you to attend a consultative examination with a doctor to evaluate your abilities. They pay for the exam.
Avoiding a Technical Denial When Filing for Pittsburgh Disability
Before the local Social Security field office passes your claim paperwork on to the Office of Disability Determination Services, they first ensure you meet all technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI. They ensure you meet all income requirements, work credit requirements, and other technical criteria. If you do not meet all requirements, you could receive a technical denial before anyone looks at your medical qualifications.
Some of the most common reasons for technical denials include:
- Having earned income above the current substantial gainful activity limits when applying for SSDI.
- Not having enough work credits for SSDI.
- Not having recent enough work credits for SSDI.
- Having too much income or too many assets for SSI.
If you enlist the help of Berger and Green to file your Social Security disability claim, we will look over your paperwork before submission. This will ensure you complete all questions and provide accurate answers. This can reduce your risk of a technical denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Berger and Green Can Appeal Pittsburgh Disability Denials
If the Social Security Administration has already denied your initial claim, you are not alone. More than half of all applicants receive a denial. Many secure disability benefits by appealing the decision. You only have 60 days to act, so give us a call right away at 412-661-1400. We can request an appeals hearing on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so.
Before your appeals hearing arrives, we will:
- Answer any questions you may have and address your concerns.
- Investigate why the Social Security Administration denied your claim.
- Build a solid case proving you qualify for disability.
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your case.
- Fight for the disability and back pay you deserve based on the facts of your case.
Occasionally, we may be able to pursue additional compensation for a client if they suffer from impairments after a personal injury accident. Injury attorney Laurence B. Green has 40 years of experience pursuing the compensation his clients need and deserve. If you got hurt in a Pittsburgh accident, let us review your case today.
Getting Social Security Disability for Schizoaffective Disorder in Pittsburgh, PA
At Berger and Green, we know you need Social Security Disability benefits if you cannot work. We can help you file your claim or navigate the appeals process. Let us evaluate your case for free and pursue the benefits you deserve.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 to discuss your case with a member of our Pittsburgh Social Security Disability team.