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Mental Health Disability Claims

If a Mental Health Problem Requires Work Leave, Disability Benefits Can Help You Through Recovery

Mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), commonly interfere with people’s ability to work. If your mental health condition is so severe that it hinders with your ability to function, you may need to take a leave of absence from your job. Short and long term disability insurance benefits provide a source of income if your mental health condition prevents you from working for an extended period of time.

Most Insurers Recognize Mental Illness as a Basis for Disability

Generally, disability benefits are available to employees who are unable to work as a result of their health problems, regardless of whether those problems are physical or mental. However, unlike a physical injury such as a broken leg, which is overt and apparent to supervisors and coworkers, mental impairments are not as obvious. Individuals struggling with their mental health usually do not disclose their illness and, to the contrary, often attempt to suppress their symptoms due to the unfortunate stigma associated with such conditions. Despite the unique challenges of identifying and treating mental health conditions, both the medical community and insurance companies recognize mental illness as a real and serious disease.

Disability Benefits May Be Limited to 24 Months

While insurance companies acknowledge mental illness as a disabling condition, they limit the amount of time for which they will pay benefits. Most long term disability insurance policies only will pay disability benefits for two years if the disabling condition is mental. Thus, it is important to understand both the terms of your plan and the nature of your medical condition. If mental illness is only one component of your disability, or if you have structural brain damage, the mental health limitation may not apply.

Hawks Quindel’s disability attorneys frequently represent individuals who cannot work due to their mental health. We work directly with clients and their doctors to obtain the necessary information to prove these disability claims. Contact one of Hawks Quindel’s experienced disability attorneys for a free case evaluation to discuss your claim. In Madison, WI call (800) 610-0040 or (608) 257-0040. In Milwaukee, WI call (800) 236-3348 or (414) 271-8650, or send us an email.