Many people ask, “does depression qualify me for disability benefits?”
Under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 you may be classed as disabled because you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. This means that you take longer than usual to do things like get dressed or do work on a PC and so on.
If you used to work before you began to suffer from depression, you might be able to claim Disability Allowance. The amount you receive from this is based on your previous earnings and the length of time you worked before becoming ill. If you have had little income for some time before becoming disabled, you will probably qualify for Supplemental Security Income.
You need to fill in an application form to claim disability allowances and this is what you could get if you are suffering from depression. However the process is often a long one and you can appeal many times after a decision which goes against you.
Not everyone who suffers from depression can claim disability benefits as some people can still work and support themselves even though they have depression. There seem to be no absolute guidelines as to whether depression is a disability but if you have been unable to work for twelve months, because of depression, then you might be able to claim state benefits. The answer to the question, does depression qualify me for disability benefits? is difficult to answer.
Does depression qualify me for disability benefits?
If you become unable to work because of depression and it is persistent, then you could apply to be considered as disabled because of a long-standing psychological problem if the depression has continued for longer than a year. If you are severely depressed then the answer to the question; does depression qualify me for disability benefits? could be, yes. However because there are varying degrees of depression there seem to be no hard and fast rules governing depression and whether of not someone who is suffering from it can receive disability benefits.
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If you are suffering from long-term depression and are wondering about disability benefits, or you have been turned down for them, you can give us a ring at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice about your right to claim compensation.
We can give you expert legal advice from our team of experts in the field of personal injury compensation. We can help particularly if your depression is the result of working in a stressful environment.
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