Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Disability Benefits

Experienced PTSD Lawyers Based in the Washington, DC Area

At Andalman & Flynn, we are passionate about helping those who have experienced terrible trauma, including individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you are struggling with PTSD and cannot work, we are here to help in any way we can. We are familiar with the complex array of symptoms associated with PTSD, both emotional and physical.

Contact us to speak with an experienced PTSD attorney on our team, and we’ll do everything we can to maximize your chances of success.

What Is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological impairment in which someone, after a traumatic event, feels stressed or scared when in a non-dangerous situation. This often occurs after life-threatening situations, such as fighting in a war or being physically abused or assaulted. An individual may also experience PTSD after a loved-one endures a traumatic event.

Symptoms

PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into three categories:

  1. Re-experiencing symptoms:
    • Re-experiencing the dangerous situation (flashbacks)
    • Sweating
    • Racing heart
    • Frightening dreams or thoughts
  2. Avoidance symptoms:
    • Avoiding anything that reminds the individual of the traumatic occurrence
    • Having issues remembering the distressing experience
    • Feeling emotionally numb or depressed
    • Losing interest in activities previously found enjoyable
  3. Hyper arousal symptoms:
    • Angry outbursts
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Being easily startled
    • Feeling tense
    • Hypervigilance or paranoia

Diagnosis

Why do some people get PTSD after going through traumatic events while others do not? PTSD can occur at any age to anyone. It usually occurs after experiencing a traumatic event; however, some people may get PTSD after a loved one is harmed or dies. Also, research shows that PTSD is more common in individuals who have a family history of mental illness, not necessarily PTSD. It is also found to be more common in women, though it is possible for both men and women to experience PTSD.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD normally occurs three months after a traumatic event; however, some experience it years later. Symptoms must be present for at least one month to be considered for PTSD disability benefits; at least one re-experiencing symptom must be present, two avoidance symptoms, and three hyper arousal symptoms. Symptoms of PTSD can be triggered anywhere and at any time.

Some people with PTSD may be unable to properly work because they have traumatic episodes and other symptoms that make it difficult or impossible to concentrate on and/or perform work tasks. In this case, you may be eligible to receive PTSD disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a listing for when PTSD will be found to be disabling, found in History of Impairments Section 12, normally 12.06, that outlines the law as it relates to PTSD disability benefits.

Consult with Experienced PTSD Lawyers

If you suffer from PTSD and it has made you unable to perform your work duties, contact Andalman & Flynn. Our disability benefits attorneys are experienced in representing individuals throughout the country who are struggling with this difficult condition. We offer initial consultations free of charge to our disability clients. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with one of our experienced PTSD lawyers, either in person or by phone, please fill out an online contact form or call us at 301-563-6685.    

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