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disability benefits, Chicago Social Security disability attorney, mental illness, prison benefits, disability applicantThousands of Illinois residents are presently in jail. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, there are more than 44,000 state prisoners currently serving sentences. Although inmates are obviously unable to work while incarcerated, that does not qualify them for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In fact, if you were awarded disability prior to beginning your sentence, your benefits will be suspended as long as you remain in jail.

Social Security Ignored Evidence of Prisoner's Mental Illness

Of course, you are still free to seek disability benefits for any period during which you are unable to work and not in prison. Unfortunately, given Social Security's hostility to law-abiding disability applicants, it should come as no surprise the agency is often quick to dismiss cases brought by current and former inmates.

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deny disability benefits, PTSD, Chicago disability benefits lawyer, Social Security Disability Insurance, Illinois disability casePost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Not surprisingly, PTSD is sadly common among veterans of the U.S. armed forces, especially those who have participated in combat operations. In many cases a veteran suffering from PTSD is unable to return to work, even in the civilian world, and may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Social Security Rules Ex-Marine Can Still Work PTSD “Triggers”

It is important to note, however, that just because a veteran qualifies for military disability benefits, that does not mean Social Security will automatically approve a subsequent application. Social Security has its own rules for assessing a disability. And when it comes to PTSD, the agency may conclude—contrary to the opinion of the Department of Veterans Affairs—that a person is still capable of holding down a full-time job, even if his or her symptoms render them unfit for certain kinds of work.

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Chicago Social Security attorney, depressive disorders, disability benefits, depression disability, Social Security Disability InsuranceAlthough depression is dismissed by many people as “just feeling sad” or “having a bad day,” in reality it is a serious mental disorder that affects millions of Americans. In fact, depressive disorders are among the most common sources of Social Security Disability Insurance claims.

Psychiatrist's “One-Time Evaluation” of Disability Applicant Still Valid

Getting Social Security to actually recognize an applicant's depression as a disability, of course, is not always simple. Even with a diagnosis from your treating physician, a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ) may attempt to minimize or outright dismiss your depression as a serious disorder. In many cases, the ALJ will even try to bypass your doctor's treatment opinions by citing third-party “experts” who review your medical records but never personally examine you.

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