Social Security For Work-Related Stress

You may be suffering from debilitating anxiety and be so stressed that you simply feel that you cannot function, let alone be gainfully employed. But can you get Social Security disability benefits for work-related stress? This depends on several factors. Your Lakeland disability lawyer can help you determine whether the specific facts of your case will allow you to successfully file for disability benefits based on work-related stress.

Whether or not you can receive Social Security disability benefits for work-related stress depends on several factors, such as:

  • The nature of your stress;
  • Your ability to make judgments;
  • Dealing with modifications to your routine work schedule;
  • Conversing and interacting with your boss and co-workers; and
  • The ability to comprehend and retain instructions.

Overall, stress is very personal and subjective. While one person may find a certain activity stressful, another may not. If during your hearing, the administrative law judge (ALJ) asks questions regarding how you deal with stress, you must clearly delineate everything that stresses you out, specifically work-related stress.

Your Lakeland disability lawyer will meet with you prior to your hearing to go over effective ways you can describe what you find stressful both in your personal life and at work to the ALJ. Some things that employees find stressful at their place of employment include, but is not limited to, anxiety of not succeeding, interacting with and being critiqued by their superiors, working within a time frame, repetitiousness of their work schedule, pressure of deadlines, situations in which they have to make decisions, and performing complicated job duties. More specifically, certain individuals even find mundane jobs stressful due to the repetitiveness of the routines, lack of challenging opportunities, or the lack of teamwork. Discuss these situations and any other possibly stressful situation with your Lakeland disability lawyer.

If you are suffering from work-related stress but have been denied Social Security disability benefits, call (863) 688-7766 to schedule a free consultation with a Lakeland disability lawyer at the law firm of Smith, Feddeler & Smith.