Does Being Bipolar Qualify For Disability?

Those with bipolar disorder suffer from various symptoms, though the disorder is primarily categorized as a constant teetering back and forth between episodes of mania and depression. These symptoms can make it extremely challenging for an individual to continue working, which is why many people with bipolar disorder seek long term disability benefits. If you are someone who is looking to go out on long term disability, you should read on and reach out to our experienced long term disability attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if my bipolar disorder qualifies for long term disability?

The two types of bipolar disorder, Bipolar I and Bipolar II, both qualify for long-term disability benefits, under certain circumstances. Though the disorder is listed in the Social Security Listings of Impairments, unfortunately, your insurance company may try and deny you your right to disability if you do not meet its strict criteria. To receive long term disability benefits, you will have to see a psychiatrist who can diagnose you on paper, and most likely administer medication on your behalf.

When you apply for benefits, you should have this psychiatrist vouch for you via a doctor’s note or otherwise, explaining, in detail, how the disorder affects your daily life, thereby preventing you from returning to work. That being said, you will most likely also need an experienced long term disability attorney who will work to ensure you have all additional documentation you may need to prove your claim. If your claim is approved, you will either receive one lump-sum payment, or monthly insurance payments.

When do I begin receiving long term disability payments?

In most cases, our firm can help our clients receive payments within 90 days of their approval. Unfortunately, there are certain cases where, for any number of reasons, this does not happen. In fact, we have seen individuals wait, sometimes for more than a year for the benefits they deserve and need. Though this is rare, it happens, which is why you will need an experienced legal team on your side who will work to help you obtain the benefits you need as quickly as possible. Fortunately, you have just found that legal team in Walker & Hern. We are ready to help.

Contact our experienced firm

If you or someone you know is looking to receive long term disability benefits and needs the help of an experienced attorney, contact Walker & Hern today.

Our firm has significant experience helping people just like you retain or defend their Long Term Disability Benefits. Contact Walker & Hern for a free consultation.

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