Disability Benefits for ADD
A severe case of attention deficit disorder (ADD) can affect an individual’s ability to work and provide for themselves. For this reason, it is possible to apply for ADD disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs. The program you qualify under will depend on your age and your work history. Even if you have been previously denied benefits, it may still be possible to appeal your case with additional evidence and professional representation from a disability lawyer.
SSI and SSDI: What’s the Difference?
The first step in completing an application for ADD disability benefits is to determine which program to submit your claim to. Many individuals over the age of 18 who have paid into Social Security previously will qualify under SSDI — eligibility is based on the number of years worked in the past and the amount of previous contributions made via payroll taxes. Those with no prior work history may still qualify for benefits under SSI — unlike SSDI, eligibility is based on need rather than earnings history. To qualify for SSI, in addition to providing evidence of your disability, it is also necessary for your income to be below a certain level. The eligibility of children under the age of 18 is determined by their parent’s income and work history. Upon turning 18, people who qualified for benefits under SSDI or SSI as a child will have their eligibility reviewed under the disability rules for adults.
When Is ADD a Disability?
In order to apply for either SSDI or SSI disability benefits for ADD, you will need medical evidence demonstrating that the condition is severe enough to prevent you or your child from working. A diagnosis of the condition alone is not sufficient. You must be able to establish that you cannot perform even simple, routine, repetitive work on a typical, full-time basis. In addition to that, it must be demonstrated that the condition has created a serious impairment of any two of the following:
- cognitive/communicative functioning
- social functioning
- personal functioning or concentration
- persistence and pace
This can be done by supplying medical records, reports from teachers and mental health professionals, and standardized testing results.
Disability Benefits for ADD
If your ADD is severe and prevents you from working, you may qualify for disability benefits. SSA will assess a mental residual capacity (RFC) to help them determine what level of work you can do. If you can do some work, you may be denied benefits. However, if an RFC shows you can do no work, you may qualify for benefits.
If you qualify for SSI benefits with your ADD, the amount of benefits you will receive will depend on an average of your lifetime earnings before you became disabled. Your SSI disability payments will also be reduced if you are also getting benefits from other places.
The SSA will use a complex formula to determine how much in benefits you qualify for. Since the formula is complex, it can be difficult to determine whether you are getting the right amount. In addition, the SSA has a cap on the total payments each individual may receive.
If you are concerned about your disability benefits, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco. Our law office focuses on disability and injured workers, so we understand how to help disabled individuals seeking benefits. If you’d like to apply for disability benefits or have already been denied, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco for a free consultation.
Denied Disability for ADD?
There are many reasons why someone may be denied ADD disability benefits. One of the most common causes involves incorrect diagnosis. There is no adult-onset version of this condition, but many adults were not correctly diagnosed when they were younger and may still have debilitating symptoms. However, getting an accurate diagnosis may be a challenge if you were not diagnosed as a child.
In addition, there is no diagnostic test for this condition in adults. Although it can cause serious problems, including challenges with concentration, organization, time management, memory, impulsivity, hyperactivity and other issues, it can be a challenge to diagnose and document correctly.
If you have been denied ADD Social Security benefits, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco. There may still be courses of action open to you.
You may be able to get a new diagnosis from a psychiatrist, doctor or psychologist who specializes in ADD in adult patients. You can also document your symptoms to help medical professionals accurately diagnose your condition. Your doctor or medical professional may ask you to fill out surveys and may interview you and others in your life to determine whether you have ADD. You may also be given physical exams to determine any other conditions.
If you have been denied benefits, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco. Lisa M. Ritacco practices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Over more than ten years, she has helped many clients secure benefits for their medical conditions. Contact the law office today for a consultation.
Improving Your Chances of Being Approved
Even individuals with a severe case of ADD may have trouble qualifying for SSDI or SSI benefits. Since the criteria are entirely subjective, a strong case must be made and supported with ample medical evidence. An estimated 65% of all disability applications are rejected upon first submission — among ADD and ADHD claimants, that number is likely to be even higher. Whether you have applied previously and had your claim denied, or are preparing to submit for the first time, Lisa M. Ritacco and her team are able to provide assistance at every step of the process. We can help you ascertain which medical records and other evidence will strengthen your case, and we may be able to get a prior decision appealed. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.