Physical And Mental Impairments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) may agree that you are disabled and eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if you are unable to work for 12 months or longer due to a physical or mental impairment. The nature of your condition and how it affects your ability to work matter more than the type of disability you have. However, it can be helpful to know how the SSA classifies disabilities.

If you believe you may qualify for SSD benefits and live in or near the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area, William R. Long, Attorney at Law, encourages you to contact our law firm. Learn how we can help you document and prove your physical or mental impairment such as a disorder affecting your:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Skin
  • Endocrine system
  • Neurological functions
  • Mental condition
  • Immune system

This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Medical evaluations and vocational factors will factor into a determination of whether your physical or mental impairment prevents you from working full time. Your work history also matters in most cases. Our law firm has helped clients obtain SSD benefits when impairments such as the following left them unable to work as before:

  • Bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Heart ailments, including lengthy recovery from heart surgery
  • Cancer, particularly when chemotherapy left sufferers unable to work for long periods
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Often, disability is a result of multiple impairments. Each medical condition in and of itself may not prevent a person from being able to hold down a job, but the sum total of them all may. For example, someone with depression, a heart condition and back pain may have too many disruptions every day and every week to be able to work full time.

We Can Help Evaluate Your SSD Claim Based On Your Specific Medical Condition — Contact Us

Do you have questions about SSD and specific mental impairments or physical impairments? Contact our law offices to request a free initial consultation with Louisiana SSD lawyer William R. Long. Call 318-797-8288 or contact us online.