Can You Receive Benefits For Work-Related Stress?

Last updated on November 4, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to provide Social Security Disability assistance to people who are currently employed, already receiving SSDI benefits, or have not been declared unable to work by a medical professional.

You may be suffering from debilitating anxiety and be so stressed that you feel you simply cannot function, let alone be gainfully employed. But can you get Social Security Disability (SSD) 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 SSD 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
  • Your ability to converse and interact with your boss and co-workers
  • 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 contributes to your stress, specifically work-related elements.

What Are Some Examples Of Work-Related Stress?

Your Lakeland disability lawyer will meet with you prior to your hearing to go over effective ways in which 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 are not limited to, feeling the anxiety of not succeeding; interacting with and being critiqued by their superiors; working within a time frame; having a repetitive work schedule; feeling the pressure of deadlines; finding themselves in 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, the lack of challenging opportunities or the lack of teamwork.

Get A Free Consultation With A Lawyer

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 SSD benefits, call 863-336-6927 to schedule a free consultation with a Lakeland disability lawyer at the law firm of Smith, Feddeler & Smith, P.A.. You can also send an email.