Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that is typically diagnosed in children, although more adults are now receiving this diagnosis. People with ADHD are often diagnosed with other disorders as well, including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). These types of disabilities can make it difficult to function normally in life or hold down a full time job. When most people think of ADHD, they think of out-of-control children. While hyperactivity is certainly a common symptom, there are other symptoms associated with ADHD that can follow a person for life, including: impulsiveness, distractibility, short-term memory loss, difficulty organizing thoughts and ideas, inability to meet deadlines and chronic tardiness. The only way to diagnose ADHD is to take a child to a psychologist or psychiatrist for diagnostic tests. Often times, people do not just suffer from ADHD, there may be other problems present, such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), where a child exhibits a pattern of hostile behavior to authority figures beyond the realm of typical childhood behavior. Children with ODD who are under the age of 18 may qualify for SSI. However, he or she must meet the definition of having a disability and meet certain income requirements.
The lawyers at the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek can let you know whether your child is likely to qualify. Anytime that you wish to seek Social Security benefits, it is important to seek thorough medical treatment as soon as possible. The Social Security Administration will only be able to learn what symptoms your child has by reading the child’s medical records. That is why detailed medical documentation is so important. We can walk you through the application process to ensure that everything is done correctly. We can also handle appeals if your application for disability benefits has been denied. Our attorneys understand the debilitating effect that Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or ADHD can have on a person’s life. We can explain your options and your rights.
If you or your child is suffering from ADD or another disability, we can help. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation with a trusted SSDI and SSI lawyer serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding region, please contact us online or call our office in Jenkintown: 215-886-0398 or Philadelphia: 215-886-0660 to arrange a free initial consultation with our experienced disability lawyer about SSD/SSI eligibility due to ADHD. Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq. www.disabilitylawpa.com