Social Security Disability for Cystic Fibrosis in Detroit
If you or someone you love has cystic fibrosis, you already know how debilitating the illness can be. Because the disease causes mucus to build up in your lungs and pancreas, you may suffer from frequent lung infections, difficulty breathing and extreme coughing fits.
Sometimes, the complications of cystic fibrosis even lead to the need for a lung transplant.
Cystic fibrosis may leave you unable to work. If your condition is expected to keep you from working for at least one year, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, which provide crucial financial support.
But applying for disability benefits is complicated, and most people get denied. An experienced Social Security disability attorney can help.
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Qualifying For Cystic Fibrosis Disability Benefits
In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you will need to provide detailed information to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the agency that runs the Social Security disability program.
The SSA will make its initial determination based in part on two factors:
- Your medical records
- Your job qualifications and history.
Be prepared to share information about the doctors, clinics, and hospitals where you have received treatment. This includes dates, tests performed, and the outcome of any tests or treatments.
If you don’t have all the exact dates for your medical appointments, it’s OK to estimate them on the application. You will be able to sign a release authorizing the SSA to obtain copies of your records directly from your providers.
Cystic fibrosis often goes along with conditions such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
Although one of those conditions by itself might not leave you unable to work, a combination of them could add up to prevent you from working.
When you report your medical symptoms on your application for Social Security disability benefits, it’s important to provide information about all of your conditions.
Job Qualifications and History
In addition to medical criteria, you will need to provide detailed information about the types of work you have done over the past 15 years.
Because job titles for the same work responsibilities can vary widely, you’ll need to provide information about the specific duties you carried out every day.
Be prepared to provide estimates of how much time you spent each day doing physical tasks, such as walking, kneeling and stooping. And be ready to break down how much time you spent using tools or equipment.
The application also will ask you to provide an assessment of how your cystic fibrosis has impaired your ability to do everyday tasks at home.
Although it can be hard to face our own limitations, it’s important to be as objective as possible in describing the impact cystic fibrosis has on your daily life.
Get Help Winning Disability Benefits for Cystic Fibrosis
Getting approved for Social Security Disability for cystic fibrosis is not an overnight process. Not everyone will qualify.
But working with an experienced Social Security disability attorney at Levine Benjamin Law Firm can improve your chances of getting the benefits you deserve.
Applicants with legal representation have been statistically more likely to receive benefits than those who apply for Social Security disability on their own.
At Levine Benjamin, we have been helping people just like you win disability benefits for all kinds of physical and mental conditions since 1964, helping more than 50,000 people win benefits.
We can help you, too.
We will evaluate your case for free.
Our attorneys understand how Social Security disability applies to cystic fibrosis.
Don’t give up, and don’t go it alone. From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.