If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you may find it very difficult to work if your ADHD is severe. In fact, 4% of the American population has some form of ADHD. ADHD is a recognized disability under The Americans with Disabilities Act, but there are specific criteria that you must meet in order to receive benefits.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by difficulties with concentration, staying on task, and following instructions. Although it is often diagnosed in children, who may learn to manage its symptoms, some adults continue to face significant challenges with ADHD, which can interfere with their ability to work.
Symptoms of ADHD
While the symptoms of ADHD may seem minor or unimportant during youth, they can have serious consequences in the workplace if not properly addressed. The key symptoms of ADHD include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Challenges in maintaining focus
- Struggling with organization
- Problems with remembering details
- Difficulty managing impulsive behavior
- Trouble following directions
These symptoms can lead to various challenges in daily life, particularly in professional environments. If not managed effectively, they can hinder an individual’s success in both personal and professional pursuits.
Diagnosis and Treatment
ADHD does not have a stand-alone diagnostic test. A diagnosis is concluded through evaluations conducted by your doctor and psychiatrist or psychologist. The statements of others who have witnessed your interactions are also used. There is no cure for ADHD. Treatment plans can include medication to manage your symptoms, cognitive therapy, and coping skills.
Applying for Long-Term Disability Due to Severe ADHD
When ADHD hampers your ability to work to such an extent that it’s no longer possible to continue, it’s prudent to investigate the option of applying for long-term disability, often available through your employer.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Though ADHD is categorized as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s vital to examine your specific long-term disability policy to confirm whether ADHD is included in the coverage. If you’re insured through a group policy with your workplace, you should request a copy from your human resources department. For those with individual policies, contact your insurance provider directly.
When reaching out to your HR department, it’s advisable to make your request in writing. This formal approach helps avoid potential delays that might arise if you request the information verbally, and such delays could cause you to miss crucial deadlines. A written request ensures that you have a record of the date, obliging your employer to respond promptly. Additionally, avoid asking your employer whether you might qualify for long-term disability with ADHD. Since they are not specialists in disability policies, their opinion should not discourage you from proceeding.
Submit Necessary Medical Documentation
Winning a claim for long-term disability due to ADHD will require strong medical evidence. Given that ADHD is classified as a mental disorder, acquiring sufficient evidence may be challenging. To increase the likelihood of your claim’s approval, you must demonstrate:
- Official Diagnosis: You must have a formal ADHD diagnosis confirmed by a medical professional.
- Severity of Symptoms: Your symptoms must be so intense that they are significantly hindering your capacity to perform your work functions.
In addition to your medical files and psychologist reports, you will need to provide a Mental Residual Functional Capacity report to the insurance company. This report is completed by your doctor and details your ability to work given your disability.
Your employment file can also support ADHD. If your employer has documented that you are not able to focus, not following directions, and distracted despite your best efforts to do your job, this may help your claim.
Consult An Attorney
Navigating the appeals process can be an arduous task. This may be the ideal time to consult a seasoned disability attorney. An attorney can provide vital support in managing deadlines and submitting the necessary documents.
At the Ortiz Law Firm, our experienced legal team is ready to assist you through the appeal process. We only get paid if your claim is successful. Our legal specialists will dedicate themselves to your case, allowing you to concentrate on your health.
We offer a free case evaluation with no obligation to use our firm. During the call, you can ask any questions you have regarding your claim. We have successfully represented people in disability cases across the United States. To see how we can help you win your long-term disability case, call us at (888) 321- 8131.