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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Struggling with Bipolar Disorder can be incredibly challenging, and if you’ve been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it can feel like another blow. But don’t lose hope – you can take steps to appeal the decision and potentially secure the benefits you deserve.

At Disability Advocates Group, our experienced Florida Social Security Disability Lawyers understand the complexities of navigating the SSDI and SSI systems, especially when it comes to mental health conditions like Bipolar Disorder. Our team is here to guide you through the process and fight for your rights.

Denied SSDI or SSI?

Here are some tips for what to do if you’ve been denied SSDI or SSI for Bipolar Disorder:

  1. Review the Denial Letter: When you receive a denial letter, it’s important to carefully review it to understand the reasons for the denial. The letter should outline the specific reasons why your claim was denied, which can help you identify areas that need to be addressed in your appeal.
  2. Gather Medical Evidence: One of the most crucial aspects of your appeal is providing strong medical evidence to support your claim. This can include medical records, treatment notes, and statements from your doctors or mental health professionals documenting the severity of your Bipolar Disorder and its impact on your ability to work.
  3. Consider Getting a Functional Assessment: In some cases, it may be beneficial to undergo a functional assessment to provide additional evidence of how your Bipolar Disorder affects your daily functioning and ability to work. This assessment can help paint a clearer picture for the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your limitations and why you are unable to maintain substantial gainful activity.
  4. Seek Legal Representation: Navigating the SSDI and SSI appeals process can be overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with the challenges of Bipolar Disorder. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. A skilled attorney can help you gather evidence, prepare your appeal, and represent you at any hearings or proceedings.
  5. File Your Appeal on Time: It’s crucial to adhere to the deadlines for filing your appeal. In most cases, you have 60 days from the date of your denial letter to request an appeal. Failing to file your appeal on time could result in losing your right to appeal the decision, so it’s essential to act promptly.
  6. Prepare for Your Hearing: If your initial appeal is denied, you have the option to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. This is your opportunity to present your case and testify about how your Bipolar Disorder impacts your ability to work. Working with an attorney can help ensure you are well-prepared for your hearing and have the best chance of success.
  7. Stay Persistent: The SSDI and SSI appeals process can be lengthy and frustrating, but it’s important to stay persistent and not give up. Keep advocating for yourself and seeking the assistance you need to navigate the system. Remember that many people are initially denied benefits but ultimately receive approval through the appeals process.
  8. Consider Other Sources of Support: While you’re awaiting a decision on your appeal, consider exploring other sources of support to help meet your financial and healthcare needs. This could include applying for state or local assistance programs, seeking out community resources, or accessing mental health services through public or nonprofit organizations.

Contact Our Florida Disability Attorneys Today For Help With Your Case

Navigating the SSDI and SSI systems can be complex, especially when dealing with a mental health condition like Bipolar Disorder. But with the right support and guidance, you can increase your chances of securing the benefits you need to support yourself and your family. If you’ve been denied SSDI or SSI for Bipolar Disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out to Disability Advocates Group for assistance.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.