The Social Security system in America was designed to provide financial assistance to people who are unable to garner normal wages due to a disability. Disability, of course, comes in a variety of different forms and all are valid if they impact one’s life so deeply that the ability to work is impeded. Physical and mental disorders are clearly outlined in the Social Security Disability (SSD) guidelines, but what about sleeping disorders? Could one of these qualify someone to receive SSD benefits?
Put simply, yes, a sleeping disorder could indeed qualify someone to apply for and receive SSD benefits. Remember that any affliction that disables a person and prevents them from finding or holding a job meets the necessary criteria. Many sleep disorders have the potential to do this, as they tend to cause great fatigue due to the lack of sufficient sleep. This would make it so that a person cannot function well enough to get through a normal work day and therefore qualify for SSD benefits.
That being said, claiming a sleeping disorder as a disability for the purposes of an SSD application is often met with opposition by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is primarily because it is a harder malady to prove. In order to ensure such a reason is accepted by the SSA it is best to provide as much documentation as possible, including an official diagnosis and history of treatment.
If your SSD application is rejected, you can and should appeal to have it overturned. When doing this, we at the Franco Law Firm would be happy to fight for and with you to see that you are able to obtain the benefits that you deserve. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.