Social Security Disability Benefits for COPD

Social Security Disability Benefits for COPD

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is a progressive medical condition that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COPD can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and mucus buildup. COPD is most common in patients who’ve had long-term exposure to smoke, air pollution, fumes, and dust.

Even though COPD may be considered an invisible disability to some, the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes COPD is a serious health condition that can affect normal daily activity and ability to work. COPD is listed in the SSA’s Blue Book of disabling conditions and those affected by the disease may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits for COPD.

Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits for COPD?

In order to get Social Security disability benefits for COPD, you must be diagnosed with the condition by a medical professional and provide the SSA with your symptom history. The SSA may also require you to undergo specialized tests to better detect how COPD has affected your air flow and other lung functions. The score you receive on your lung function tests along with your symptom history will be used in determining if you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

It’s important to note that when determining eligibility for disability benefits, the SSA also considers the level of work you are able to perform. If COPD affects your mobility level, ability to tolerate certain work environments, or places other limitations normal daily functions you may be eligible to receive benefits.

You May Qualify for Free Legal Assistance

Getting Social Security disability benefits for COPD can often be difficult, but many find that consulting with a Social Security attorney or advocate can be helpful in streamlining the approval process. An experienced legal representative can provide you with guidance and help you collect the proper medical documentation needed to best support your claim. Click on the button below to let us connect you to an advocate in your area for FREE!

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