Social Security Disability And The Death Of A Child

Aug 20, 2011 Comments Off on Social Security Disability And The Death Of A Child by

One of the saddest things about representing Social Security disability claimants is becoming all too aware of the bad things that can happen to people. For a parent, suffering the loss of a child is one of the most terrible things that can happen. Parents never get over this sort of loss.

Fortunately, few parents experience such horrible pain these days. Many of those who do eventually seem to end up filing Social Security disability claims. It’s not exactly what you might think — that all of these grieving parents suffer psychiatric problems. Many of these parents have very real physical health problems. Much of the time, the parent works for years after the tragedy.

I can’t say for sure exactly how the death of a child leads to disability. Certainly, a person’s mental makeup can help on hinder their ability to cope with illness. A grieving parent who is barely holding it together is unlikely to have the mental reserves to handle much physical illness. A person who is under stress is more susceptible to physical illness — and I’m talking about things such as heart attacks and arthritis. I expect that there are all sorts of ways that the death of a child affects a parent. To quote an old song, “It works just like a cancer. Gonna kill me by degrees.”

We’re here to help you with your Social Security disability claim. We’ll try to understand all the factors that are disabling you, even those that may not be so obvious.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.