Mental illness is usually something that builds over time, gradually becoming more of a problem if the Californian who has the condition does not get the appropriate help and medication. As time goes on, a mental impairment may become so serious that the individual is no longer able to work to earn an income. If this occurs, such an individual may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
However, applying for SSD benefits can be quite complicated. A person who is suffering from a mental health condition may find the process even more confusing. Nonetheless, it is a step-by-step process, and each step has its own challenges.
First, it is important to know when to file the application for benefits. To qualify for benefits, the condition must have lasted for at least 12 months. So, many people will wait until that 12-month period has elapsed to definitively prove that this requirement is met.
Next, Los Angeles residents need to know where to apply. In most cases, an application over the Internet will be the best route, but applications can also be submitted over the phone or in person at a Social Security Administration office.
But, prior to submitting the application, perhaps, the most important part of the process is knowing what information you will need for the application to be complete. At our law firm, we work with Los Angeles residents who are attempting to claim SSD benefits. We do our best to make sure our clients have the information they need to submit an application that is correct the first time.