Lung disease describes a variety of conditions that cause respiratory problems. The most common conditions that we see are: asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, and lung cancer. Social Security has a listing for respiratory system conditions, and if your lung condition meets or equals one of the listings, then your case is approved:
For a case involving lung disease to be approved based on Social Security’s listing for the respiratory system, the condition must be very severe. If you have a lung disease it’s important to get regular medical treatment, comply with treatment, get your doctors support, and do any test or examination that your doctor recommends. The listings for the respiratory system rely heavily on test results, medications prescribed, hospitalizations, and emergency visits for respiratory attacks. Some of the most common pulmonary function tests are: spirometry test, body plethysmography test, gas diffusion tests, and exercise stress tests. When applying for Social Security disability benefits with a lung condition it is also important to note and tell your treating physician about all of your symptoms, so they get documented in the medical file. Some of the most common symptoms are: shortness of breath, inability to walk distances, inability to lift, fainting, dizziness, and acute respiratory attacks. Most clients with lung conditions are also unable to work around dust, fumes, and chemicals, which further restricts the types of jobs they could perform. Even if you have a lung disease, but your condition is not severe enough to meet or equal one of the respiratory system listings, it is still possible to get approved for benefits. Social Security reviews all of the claimant’s health conditions, as well as their age, education, and work experience when making a decision. For cases involving lung disease we have several possible arguments: 1) you meet a respiratory system listing, 2) you are unable to perform the full range of sedentary work, 3) you are unable to work because you cannot do any work on a regular and continuing basis, or 4) if you are over 50, based on your medical conditions, age, education, and work experience that you qualify based on Social Security’s grid rules.
We are experienced in handling cases involving lung disease, and we would be happy to speak with you. We offer a free initial case evaluation. If we are able to assist you with your case, we will put forth the effort and time to pursue the disability benefits you deserve. If we are unable to take on your case, we will explain why we cannot take your case and how your case could be improved. Please contact us by completing the contact us form on our website, or by calling our office. Our toll free number is 877-835-0923, and our local number in Durham, NC is 919-794-4437.
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