Symptoms of schizophrenia can prevent you or a loved one from working and earning a living. If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area, the disability lawyers from Berger and Green can help you understand if you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for schizophrenia. This could include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We have fought for the compensation our clients need for over 40 years.
Let the Berger and Green team go to work for you today. We can help you file your claim or fight a denial of your initial application. Call us today at (888)-392-8307 for your free case evaluation.
Proving You Suffer From a Qualifying Impairment
The Social Security Administration publishes a list of qualifying impairments and the guidelines for getting disability benefits based on each diagnosis. Schizophrenia falls under Section 12.03 – Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders.
While there are no medical tests that confirm a schizophrenia diagnosis, you must have evidence in your medical records to show you suffer from the condition and that your symptoms are severe enough to meet certain guidelines. The Social Security Administration requires you to have evidence to display at least one of the following:
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Disorganized thinking and/or speech
- Grossly disorganized behavior or catatonia
You will also need to prove “extreme limitation” in one or “marked limitation” in two of the following abilities:
- Understanding, remembering, and/or applying information
- Interacting with others
- Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace
- Adapting or managing yourself
Alternatively, you may qualify if you do not suffer from an extreme or marked limitation, but you have a documented history of the disorder over at least two years and:
- You are currently undergoing medical treatment or mental health therapy that helps to reduce your symptoms; and
- You have major problems adapting to changes in your environment or new demands outside of your regular routine.
When you let Berger and Green help you file for social security disability for schizophrenia in Pittsburgh, PA, we will ensure your claim includes all the proper documentation required by the Office of Disability Determination Services. They will request your medical records using this information and use the evidence collected to determine if you suffer from a qualifying impairment.
Understanding Your Residual Functional Capacity
If you do not meet the strict qualifications in the impairment listing, you may still get disability benefits based on your residual functional capacity (RFC). This evaluation of your abilities allows the Office of Disability Determination Services to understand if you can work, the types of jobs you can work, how often you can work, and how long you can work.
If your RFC evaluation finds you cannot work any job you might qualify for, you will likely get approved for disability. You may also get benefits if you can work but require accommodations from your employer.
There are three ways the Office of Disability Determination Services can get your RFC:
- A doctor from the agency can review your medical records and evaluate your abilities.
- Your doctor can evaluate your abilities based on their knowledge of your case.
- A doctor paid by the Social Security Administration will conduct an examination and evaluate your abilities.
Meeting All Technical Qualifications for Disability
Before the Office of Disability Determination Services ever receives your application and related documentation, the local Social Security field office will ensure you meet the technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI. If you do not, they will issue a technical denial without ever evaluating your medical qualifications.
Some of the key technical qualifications include:
- You must have an earned income below the current substantial gainful activity limit for SSDI.
- You must earn enough work credits to get SSDI benefits.
- You must meet strict income and asset limits for SSI.
You could also get a technical denial if you do not complete your claim paperwork properly. A skipped question or a name that does not match your Social Security number or birthdate could trigger a technical denial. Let us review your application and help you file your claim. We will double-check your paperwork to reduce the risk of a technical denial. Call us today at (888)-392-8307 to get started.
Let Berger and Green Fight for the Benefits You Deserve
If you need help filing your claim, or if the Social Security Administration already denied your claim, the team from Berger and Green can help. Call us today at (888)-392-8307. We can get started fighting for the benefits you deserve right away.
Unfortunately, many people receive a denial when applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Many of them later get approved, but they have to navigate the appeals process and fight for their disability benefits. We can help you file your appeal and secure the monthly payments, back pay, and retroactive benefits you deserve.
When you enlist our help with your appeal, we can:
- Request an appeals hearing, if there is sufficient time to do so.
- Investigate your denial and help you understand why.
- Build a solid case for approval.
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge who oversees your appeal.
- Argue for overturning your denial and approving you for benefits during your hearing.
This process can take more than a year. We will argue for full back pay for you to cover this period, if possible, based on the facts of your case.
We may also be able to pursue additional compensation for you if you suffer from an impairment related to a personal injury accident. Attorney Laurence B. Green has 40 years of experience with personal injury cases. If we can prove you suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for significant compensation. To find out, let us review your case for free.
Getting Social Security Disability for Schizophrenia in Pittsburgh
If you cannot work because of your schizophrenia symptoms, the team from Berger and Green will fight for the social security disability benefits for schizophrenia that you deserve. We can help you file your initial claim or navigate the appeals process.
Call us today at (888)-392-8307 to get started with a free case evaluation.