Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that has serious side effects, including hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and chaotic or disordered cognitive behaviors. Those diagnosed with schizophrenia may withdraw from their friends, family and activities when they retreat into psychosis. At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, we know that schizophrenia can have very real-life consequences for those suffering from the condition and their families.
Most people diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia will require lifetime treatment, including inpatient or outpatient care, medication and close professional medical supervision.
In addition to hallucinations, many schizophrenics also suffer from anxiety and fear leaving them unable to use public transportation, operate a vehicle, successfully care for a family or maintain employment.
In these cases, benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income should be pursued. Schizophrenia is frequently marked by auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, paranoia, agoraphobia (fear of leaving one’s home), claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces, or isolation: wanting to be left alone).
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or is believed to suffer from the disorder, it is important to seek and follow through with medical treatment as soon as possible. Appropriate medical care, supervision and treatment will help keep symptoms under control and create the medical record necessary to qualify for benefits. That medical history will be crucial in the Social Security Administration’s assessment of your eligibility for benefits.
Our attorneys understand the debilitating consequences of mental health conditions, including schizophrenia. Understand your options and your rights.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or another mental health condition, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Our attorneys will devise a strategic approach to pursue the benefits you need and deserve. We will assess the work history of the disabled person, assemble the necessary medical documentation and pursue disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
For more information or to schedule an 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 215-385-5353 or 215-323-5320.