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Mental Impairments

Claims for SSDI and SSI for Mental Disability in Utah

As long as medical evidence exists to prove it, a claim for benefits under either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a mental disability or impairment can be granted. To learn how our law firm can advise you on a claim for SSDI or SSI benefits, contact Salt Lake City attorney Ward Harper for a free evaluation of your case.

The process for proving disability under either SSDI or SSI for a mental impairment is the same as it is for a physical impairment due to traumatic injury or a chronic medical condition: we must prove that you are disabled from performing past relevant work for at least twelve months, and that there are no alternative occupations that you are able to perform.

We present your case through your own medical records and treating physicians and mental health professionals, and we use our experience with Social Security disability litigation to refute any argument that you are nevertheless capable of performing full-time work of any kind.

Examples of the kinds of mental disabilities that can make you eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits payments are the following:

  • Brain injuries
  • Diminished intellectual functioning
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism and other developmental disorders

As this list indicates, mental impairments can result from traumatic injury, psychiatric illness, congenital conditions, or other causes. Deficits in mental function that directly relate to illegal drug use or alcoholism, however, will not support a successful Social Security Disability benefits or SSI claim.

Utah Social Security lawyer Ward Harper has concentrated his practice in SSDI, SSI and disability benefits litigation for more than 26 years. Since January 2001, his clients have received favorable results in more than 99% of his cases. To benefit from his experience and winning record with your mental disability claim for SSI or SSDI, contact his office in Salt Lake City for a free case evaluation.

Every legal matter is different. The outcome of each legal case depends upon many factors, including the facts of the case. An attorney's success in past legal matters should not be relied upon to predict a successful outcome in your own case.

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Ward Harper, Attorney at Law, Inc.
4001 South 700 East, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT

Send mail to:
PO Box 900458
Sandy, UT 84090

Phone: 801.272.7900
Toll-Free: 800.765.2141
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