People who suffer from learning disorders may find it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain or retain steady employment. In these types of cases, it is important to apply for assistance through Social Security. At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, our attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals and their family members through the Social Security process.
Learning disorders have a negative impact on the brain’s ability to receive, process or retain information. This type of disability may prevent a person from achieving academic goals and may impact a person’s skill in reading, writing, math, motor planning and listening. They are typically diagnosed through intelligence testing, academic tests, classroom performance and social interactions. They are usually diagnosed in childhood, although adults are occasionally diagnosed with this disability.
Mental retardation is diagnosed before the age of 18. A diagnosis may be based on the results of an IQ test, or through observed difficulties of daily living, communication and socialization. The functional ability of a mentally handicapped person can vary, from borderline retardation to being profoundly impaired.
We understand the effect that a disability can have on a person’s ability to gain employment. That is why we will work closely with you to ensure that you understand your rights and benefits.
Although learning disorders and mental retardation are two distinct forms of disability, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will use many of the same qualifiers when determining whether a person qualifies for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), including the nature and extent of the disability, how the disability restricts the ability to carry out daily tasks, the ability to maintain social functioning, the ability to maintain concentration or pace in a work or school environment, the ability to make work or school-related judgments, the ability to adapt to change in a work or school environment and the ability to handle work or school pressures.
In every case, having proper medical documentation is key to getting approved for benefits. Our disability attorneys will walk you through the application process to ensure that it is done right the first time. The lawyers at the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek can also handle appeals if your application has been denied.
Our law practice is devoted exclusively to helping people get Social Security and SSI benefits. Contact our lawyers online or call at Jenkintown 215-385-5353 or Philadelphia 215-323-5320 for a free initial consultation. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your claim.