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Social Security Disability Benefits for COPD sufferers

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Firm News |

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that makes breathing difficult. It’s a debilitating condition that can significantly impact a person’s ability to work and quality of life. If you or a loved one is suffering from COPD, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Recognizing COPD symptoms

COPD is a term used to describe a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD can cause symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Chronic cough

Social Security disability benefits available

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial assistance to individuals who can’t work due to a disability. This program, known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), is designed to help those who have a significant work history but are no longer able to work due to a severe medical condition.

Qualifying for SSDI with COPD

To qualify for SSDI benefits due to COPD, you must meet specific medical criteria outlined in the SSA’s Blue Book. The Blue Book is a guide the SSA uses to determine whether a person’s condition is severe enough to warrant disability benefits. The SSA will look at your medical records for COPD, including pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gas studies, and other relevant information. They will consider the severity of your COPD and symptoms and how they affect your ability to work.

Applying for SSDI benefits

The SSDI application process can be complex and time-consuming. It involves gathering medical records, completing detailed forms, and potentially attending a disability hearing. It’s crucial to provide thorough and accurate information about your COPD and how it impacts your daily life and ability to work.

Getting the benefits you deserve

Living with COPD is challenging, but SSDI benefits can provide much-needed financial support. If you’re considering applying for SSDI due to COPD, it is wise to seek guidance from a disability advocate or attorney to help navigate the process and increase your chances of approval. Every individual’s situation is unique, and the information provided here is a general guide. Always consult with a professional for advice tailored to your specific circumstances.