Getting SSD Benefits for COPD

September 21, 2015
Dayes Law Firm

If you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may be wondering if you can get disability benefits for COPD. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) acknowledges COPD by listing it in its Blue Book of disabling conditions, certain tests and medical documentation may still be needed.

Consulting with a leading Phoenix Social Security Disability attorney may be helpful if you have been diagnosed with COPD. Trying to apply for disability benefits on your own can be overwhelming. If you have been denied the benefits you need, let our attorneys guide you through the appeals process.

COPD is used to describe certain lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Difficulty breathing is a main characteristic of COPD because air moving into and out of the lungs is obstructed. Mucus buildup, chest pain, wheezing and shortness of breath may be caused by COPD.

In order to find out if you are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits for COPD, you will need to meet the SSA requirements, including medical documentation of symptoms. Even if you do not meet all SSA requirements, you may still give proof that COPD impacts you negatively to the point where you cannot work.

Social Security requirements mandate a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, you will need to undergo a spirometry, or lung function, test to measure airflow. A physician that works for the SSA will perform this test. This score will be used, in addition to your medical history, to determine whether you qualify for disability benefits.

If it is discovered that your airflow is within normal ranges but your lungs do not oxygenate your blood properly, you could be eligible for disability benefits.

Additionally, the SSA looks at the type of work you could do with COPD. If your activities are restricted or you cannot be exposed to fumes or dust, the SSA may provide you with benefits. Your age, educational background and job experience will also be considered.

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