Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes inflammation of the airways, which can cause difficulty breathing. It can be triggered by a variety of things including, air pollutants, pets, cigarette smoke, pathogens in the environment and medications.
The most common symptoms of asthma can include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing and coughing.
Because asthma can often interfere with everyday life, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has included the condition as an approved condition for disability benefits.
It is a common reason for many people to apply for benefits, however, most who apply are denied. This is because asthma has a number of effective treatments, including the use of an inhaler. Only in extreme cases will asthma qualify for disability.
Qualifying for Benefits
One of the main requirements for qualifying for disability benefits is that your condition must prevent you from performing substantial work activities for at least a year.
In order to be approved for disability benefits for asthma, you must meet the following criteria as listed in the SSA's listing of impairments:
- You experience chronic asthma attacks at least every month or six times a year. Each asthma attack must last at least one day and require medical treatment in a hospital or emergency room.
- Or you have chronic bronchitis and meet the requirements for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
It is important that your medical records provide accurate documentation of your asthma attacks and how they affect your ability to work. Your records should include each asthma attack that required hospitalization, what treatment you received and for how long, and how you responded to treatment.
If you meet the requirements and have been denied Social Security disability benefits, contact our experienced team of Phoenix disability lawyers for a free review of your claim. We can help you get the benefits you need.