When claiming Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, different individuals tend to have a wide variety of experiences. For example, whether or not your medical condition is physically visible may have a role in how simple or complex your case may be. That may change soon, though.
Although SSDI is available for individuals who cannot work due to severe mental disabilities, many Americans have run into trouble receiving benefits because SSDA-recommended psychologists have found conflicting results with their personal doctor. In June of 2021, the 11th Circuit Court ruled that SSDA would have to provide more evidence before denying claims based on this reason.
Generalized statements without evidence are now insufficient
As a result of the court’s ruling, generalized statements in the denial of SSDI claims are now insufficient. In other words, this means that SSDA must provide proof to back up any findings related to “genuine inconsistencies” or other vague wording.
The 11th Circuit Court published the decision
One thing that is unique about the decision is that the 11th Circuit Court chose to publish it. Simply put, this is uncommon. Also, this means that it gives the case precedential value, possibly setting the stage for fewer barriers in the future.
If you are someone who currently receives or is interested in receiving SSDI benefits for a qualifying mental health condition, there is a chance that this court ruling may impact you. While both the public and the government’s understanding of the brain’s importance in a person’s overall functioning continues to evolve, this recent decision is a step forward in mental health awareness.