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Social Security Disability Benefits for PTSD

Our Plano SSD Lawyers Are Ready to Help You with Your Claim

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious mental disorder that can affect nearly every aspect of victims’ lives, including their ability to earn a living and support themselves and their families. If you or someone you care about is suffering the disabling effects of PTSD, it is possible to secure Social Security disability benefits.

It’s important that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you navigate the process of filing your claim. Seeking Social Security disability for PTSD or any mental illness or condition is difficult; an attorney will be able to advise you of your rights, answer any questions you may have, and advocate for you throughout the process.

Contact Coats & Todd online or call us at (888) 898-9189 to learn more about how our Plano Social Security disability lawyers can help you with your claim.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability for PTSD

As with any other physical or mental disability, in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income for PTSD, you will need to prove that your PTSD has severely impacted your ability to work. When it comes to SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration looks at various factors in order to determine if an individual is eligible for Social Security disability benefits for PTSD.

These factors may include:

  • Your history of past trauma
  • The extend and severity of your PTSD
  • Limitations you experience as a result of PTSD
  • Whether the symptoms of PTSD prevent you from working
  • How long your PTSD is expected to last

The Social Security Administration will also only provide benefits to those who meet all other Social Security Disability Insurance eligibility requirements, including having earned the appropriate work credits and having paid Social Security taxes.

If the symptoms of your PTSD are severe, life-threatening, and prevent you from working but you do not have the minimum required work credits and/or did not pay Social Security taxes, you are not eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. However, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income if you are a U.S. citizen or national (or eligible foreign national/alien) and meet certain income and resource thresholds.

Proving That PTSD Is a Disability

Most cases of moderate to severe PTSD will have significant implications for the affected individual. However, in order for PTSD to qualify as a “disability” according to the Social Security Administration’s standards, you will need to prove medical evidence of how your symptoms have negatively affected your life. Medical records detailing your symptoms—including the nature and frequency of panic attacks, symptom triggers, and more—can make a considerable difference in the outcome of your case.

At Coats & Todd, we understand how difficult it can be to obtain Social Security disability for PTSD. Our Plano PTSD Social Security disability attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience practicing law and have successfully handled thousands of cases on behalf of clients suffering from severe, debilitating physical and mental illnesses and conditions. We offer compassionate, client-focused guidance and dedicated advocacy every step of the way.

For a free and confidential consultation with a member of our team, please call (888) 898-9189 or submit an online contact form today.


Your Social Security Case Deserves the Best Possible Care & Attention
  • Proven Record of Results

    We have successfully handled thousands of cases in the field of SSDI throughout Texas.

  • Decades of Fighting for Clients

    We have over 60 years of combined experience serving clients in Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claims.

  • Client-First Approach

    We strive to provide our clients with the responsive service, ethical guidance & unwavering dedication they deserve.

  • Compassionate Legal Support

    We understand how devastating a disability can be and take pride in being able to help those who cannot help themselves.

  • Federal Court Experience

    Our firm has performed a substantial amount of federal court work in Texas and throughout the country.

  • Communication You Can Count On

    We do everything we can to keep our clients informed on the status of their cases, every step of the way.

Client testimonials

Stories From People Who Didn't Give Up
  • “Dan was treated with such kindness from the first day he called your office!”

    - Tameka Ramos
  • “From the very moment they took my case, they were compassionate, constantly kept me notified of the process, listened to me when I had concerns and made me feel like more than just client.”

    - Shawn M.
  • “Coats and Todd attorneys go beyond the call of duty. They have the best caseworkers, who are kind, willing to listen when I was in distress. Told me anytime I needed to talk, feel free to call.”

    - George Montgomery
  • “I was dreading the necessity of hiring a lawyer for disability. Choosing Coats & Todd was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Their team was professional, courteous and always helpful.”

    - Leslie Boorman
  • “Contacting Coats and Todd to handle my disability denial was the best decision I could have made. They showed genuine concern, genuine compassion and true professionalism from start to finish.”

    - Virginia

To learn more about how we can help you with your Social Security disability issue, contact us online or call our office to schedule a free, confidential consultation today.