How to Collect SSDI Benefits for Chronic or Disabling Respiratory Problems

It seems that you are always in and out of the emergency room at the Nebraska Medical Center because you can’t breathe. The emergency room doctors provide you with immediate treatment and send you home with an inhaler and a bill you cannot hope to pay. It is getting to the point where you are suffering two or three attacks a month. While you might fare better if you could stay home, you cannot afford to take the time off work.

Social Security Gives Disability Benefits for Respiratory Problems

If you are struggling with a chronic respiratory condition that makes it impossible for you to work, you could be eligible to receive Social Security disability payments. Impairments caused by chronic disorders of the respiratory system may include:

  • Obstructive airway diseases. Loss of pulmonary function due to obstructive airway diseases, such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis can be severely disabling. In addition to sudden attacks where you are unable to breathe, some people will often suffer persistent coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs, and chest pain.
  • Restrictive pulmonary disorders. These injuries involve a significant loss of lung volume or airway obstruction, such as lung surgeries, pulmonary resection, chest cage deformities, or pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Chronic infections. An infection or disease in the lung can cause progressive lung destruction, even if the person appears to be managing the disorder well. A sudden episode may be enough to cause significant damage to pulmonary function even if you are clinically stable for most of your life.
  • Other disorders. Individuals can suffer from respiratory impairments in many forms, including those that may be as severe as those recognized for compensation by the Social Security Administration (SSA). A pulmonary injury that results in limited residual functional capacity could be eligible for disability payments.

How You Can Get Your Social Security Disability Application Approved

In order for you to get payments for your condition, you will need to provide extensive evidence of your injury  in support of your claim.. This may include an explanation of symptoms, doctor diagnosis, physical signs of injury, lab tests, x-ray films, and a list of regular treatments that have been prescribed for you throughout the course of your injury. The SSA will use its guidelines to decide if you are considered disabled. If you have not provided sufficient evidence, your application may be denied.

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Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience