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Personal Injury Law Is More Complex Than You Think

I always assumed that personal injury cases where pretty straight forward. After being in an accident, any financial losses that you suffered would be reimbursed by the liable party's insurance company. Unfortunately, things only work this way in a perfect world. In the real world, personal injury cases are extremely complex and getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement requires the expertise of an experienced injury lawyer. Unfortunately, it took me several months to finally seek out the legal assistance I needed. As a result, I waited much longer than necessary to get the compensation I so desperately needed. During this time, I learned more about personal injury law than I ever thought I would. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share that knowledge with you so that you can avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did.


Personal Injury Law Is More Complex Than You Think

Understanding The SSDI Application Process For Filing A Claim Due To A Personality Disorder

by Christine Wagner

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) due to your personality disorder diagnosis, then it is important for you to understand how the application process works. By having a clear understanding of the process, you can help to ensure that your application is approved without any unnecessary delays.

The SSA's Application for SSDI

To being the process of applying for SSDI, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires you to fill out a very lengthy application. The application is available in paper form from your local SSA office, or it can be completed online.

The application asks you many detailed questions about your:

  • employment history
  • medical history
  • activities of daily living

To ensure that your application has the best chance for acceptance, make sure that you fill in as much relevant information as possible about your disability and how your personality disorder affects your life. In general, the more information you can provide the SSA the better chance you have for an approval.

The SSA's Medical Evaluation Appointment

Since you are applying for SSDI based upon a mental condition, after they receive and review your application, the SSA will require you to attend an evaluation appointment with a psychiatrist. The SSA pays for this evaluation, and if you refuse to attend the appointment, then they will automatically deny your SSDI application. 

At your appointment, the psychiatrist will ask you questions about your personality disorder and how it affects your life in a negative way. By being open and honest with the doctor, you will help your case.

The SSA's Denial Appeals Process

If your application is approved on your first application, then you do not need to do anything else to receive SSDI payments. However, it is very common for the SSA to deny SSDI claims for a wide variety of reasons.

If your SSDI application is denied, then you should work with a local attorney who handles this type of case. Your attorney can review all of your paperwork and make changes to the way things are worded so they will be a clearer representation of your life. Additionally, SSDI attorneys often work with local psychiatrists who they can refer you to for a second opinion if they feel it is necessary and will help your case.

If you have any additional questions about applying for SSDI or appealing a denial, you should contact a social security disability lawyer like one from Law Offices Of Russell J. Goldsmith in your local area.