Some disabilities quite clearly are considered out of the victim's hands. As such, many expect that they will be able to qualify for programs like Social Security disability. After all, many conditions obviously affect the quality and length of life, and the ability to work at all. However, some conditions that are considered disabilities might surprise you, such as alcoholism.
According to The Spokesman-Review, alcoholism is recognized as a disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the same time, imbibing in excess can actually cause your application to be denied by the SSA, so be sure to get treatment for this condition before applying.
One case in the news brings the issue of alcoholism as a disability to the forefront. Recently a police sergeant in Spokane, Washington was fired for driving drunk, allegedly hitting another car, and subsequently fleeing the scene.
He will need to have an ignition interlock device installed in his car, which the department does not want to pay for. That was part of the reason for his firing. However, the 44-year-old man did offer to pay for it, along with the amount of the insurance should it increase for the department as a result of the accident. His offer was refused.
The police department chief has attested that even if the officer is an alcoholic, it does not mean he should not behave responsibly. His lawyer says otherwise, attesting that the department has not made any concessions to accommodate this disabled individual. Additionally, the car accident occurred when he was off-duty, and his condition has supposedly not affected his work performance. For these reasons, the city of Spokane is being sued for $4 million.
If you have problems with alcoholism, it is possible that you qualify for disability benefits. Of course, this does not mean that you should expect to drink as much as you want because it is a condition, but it does mean that help could be available if you are attempting to get your life back. Talk to a lawyer to find out the solution that is right for you.
If you or your loved one are suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, you should contact a Social Security Disability lawyer immediately to learn about your rights and determine eligibility. The process of securing Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be difficult and overwhelming. Don't go it alone! The disability lawyers at LaVan & Neidenberg, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL understand the inner workings of the Social Security Administration and will help you navigate the system. Call us today for a FREE legal consultation - 1-888-234-5758.
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