One of the most frequently asked questions is if you need a lawyer if you have a mental illness. The simple answer is that you do not need legal help simply because you suffer from a mental condition. BUT! the world is not a perfect place and unfortunately quite often rights of mental patients are violated. That’s why it never hurts to have a consultation if you think that you’ve been treated unfairly due to your mental illness.
Now another problem that I face with my clients sometimes is that once we start gathering information for the case, it turns out that they do not have a mental condition. That is why I always recommend having a consultation with a medical professional first and once they get diagnosed with one, then start dealing with the legal issues. Before going to a doctor, you can also use the online resources like this one here to learn about the signs of a mental disorder.
Determining which mental illness you have is crucial for the effective legal actions. No matter where you need a help of a lawyer, at work or school, you need at first to know what exactly have you. There are, of course, different types of illnesses from bipolar disorder to depression. It does not matter, however, which one you have as long as you have one. You can use a lawyer in any case.
What are the times when you need an attorney help?
If your mental condition intervenes with your ability to work, you absolutely need to have a consultation with a lawyer. Work-related legal matters are the most common and I’ve written an article about it previously. You can read it here.
If, for example, your boss comes to you and says that you are acting ‘strange’ and you can not work for the company anymore, you have to tell him immediately that you have a mental condition. If that does not change anything and you are still fired, your company broke the law and with the help of a lawyer you can either sue them or get a job back before the case goes to the court.
You can not demand to keep the job or sue the company if you simply think that you have a mental illness, but you have not been diagnosed by the professional. Simply stating that you suffer from mental illness does not make it true. I am not saying that you do not have one, but in the eyes of the law, it is not proven unless a doctor says that you have it.
The same thing applies to education-related cases. I’ve had students calling me for a free consultation (which I offer FYI), claiming that they have an Attention Deficit Disorder and it caused them to fail the class. I am not able to help them, because I can not determine if they really have ADD or not. Sometimes they state that the symptoms that they have read online match with theirs, but again, it is not enough unless a medical professional says so.