Social Security Disability for Lung Impairments in Detroit
If you suffer from a lung impairment such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathing problems caused by sleep apnea or cystic fibrosis, or if you’ve had a lung transplant, it may be impossible for you to continue working.
Even day-to-day tasks that were once simple can seem insurmountable when it’s hard to breathe.
In some cases, people who suffer from these types of breathing problems qualify for Social Security disability for lung impairments. The monthly payments can be a tremendous financial relief.
But qualifying for Social Security disability benefits isn’t easy. It takes the proper documentation. A lawyer can help you through the process.
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Applying for Disability Benefits for Lung Impairments
It’s important that your COPD or other lung impairment be medically documented. That documentation will form the basis of Social Security’s decision on your disability benefits.
The application for benefits asks questions about your condition and when it began.
It asks you to provide information about each clinic or doctor you’ve seen for treatment and about any tests your physician ordered.
You may also need to undergo a new test of your current lung function along with your application for Social Security disability benefits.
People with severe lung impairments who have limited airflow may automatically qualify for benefits.
Even if tests show your airflow is not limited enough to qualify on that basis alone, you may still qualify based on a reduced capacity to work.
In making this determination, the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates whether you would be able to perform any type of full-time work based on your age, education, training and work experience.
Because a large part of the decision on whether you will win benefits is based on medical evidence, it’s critical that you see your care providers regularly.
You should be open and honest with your doctors about your symptoms. That’s both so you can get the care you need and to gather evidence for your disability case.
Report All Physical and Mental Conditions
In addition to reviewing the medical history for your lung impairment, the SSA will consider any other physical or mental conditions you have.
Because of this, it’s important to supply as much complete, factual information as possible to help Social Security fully evaluate your claim.
While it’s possible you may not qualify for benefits based on your lung impairment alone, the SSA will consider whether your lung disease, when combined with other health problems, makes it impossible for you to work.
Get Help with Your Lung Impairment Disability Claim
While it’s possible to get lung impairment disability benefits without representation, you’re more likely to win benefits with professional representation than without.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, we’ve helped more than 50,000 people win benefits since 1964.
We understand Social Security’s legal system for disability benefits and how lung impairments factor into it.
If you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits for a lung impairment, or if you already applied and your claim was denied, contact a knowledgeable, experienced Social Security disability attorney at Levine Benjamin today for a free review of your case.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.