People who suffer from learning disorders or mental retardation may find it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain or retain steady employment. In these types of cases, it is important to apply for assistance through Social Security. At the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., our Philadelphia learning disorders attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals and their family members through the Social Security process.
We understand the effect that a disability can have a person's ability to gain employment. That is why we will work closely with you to ensure that you understand your rights and benefits.
There is help available for people who suffer from disabilities. Contact our Pennsylvania Social Security lawyers online or call 267-622-4475 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
Learning disorders have a negative impact on the brain's ability to receive, process, or retain information. This type of disability may prevent a person from achieving academic goals and may impact a person's skill in reading, writing, math, motor planning and listening. They are typically diagnosed through intelligence testing, academic tests, classroom performance and social interactions. They are usually diagnosed in childhood, although adults are occasionally diagnosed with this disability.
This condition is diagnosed before the age of 18. A diagnosis may be based on the results of an IQ test, or through observed difficulties of daily living, communication and socialization. The functional ability of a mentally handicapped person can vary, from borderline retardation to being profoundly impaired.
Qualifying for Benefits
Although learning disorders and mental retardation are two distinct forms of disability, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will use many of the same qualifiers when determining whether a person qualifies for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), including:
- The nature and extent of the disability
- How the disability restricts the ability to carry out daily tasks
- The ability to maintain social functioning
- The ability to maintain concentration or pace in a work or school environment
- The ability to make work or school related judgments
- The ability to adapt to change in a work or school environment
- The ability to handle work or school pressures
In every case, having proper medical documentation is key to getting approved for benefits. Our Philadelphia disability attorneys will walk you through the application process to ensure that it is done right the first time. The lawyers at the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., can also handle appeals if your application has been denied.
Call for a Free Consultation With a Philadelphia Mental Retardation Disability Attorney
Our law practice is devoted exclusively to helping people get Social Security benefits. Contact our Philadelphia learning disorders lawyers online or call 267-622-4475 for a free initial consultation. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your claim.