Social Security Disability Benefits for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Social Security Disability benefits for pulmonary fibrosis

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition that causes thick scar tissue to grow inside the lungs. According to Web MD, the condition can slow oxygen flow into your blood, which can prevent your body from functioning properly. People who suffer from pulmonary fibrosis often experience shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue, weight loss, and aching muscles. In most cases, doctors are unable to determine the underlining cause of the disease and diagnose patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as an approved condition on the Compassionate Allowance List (CAL). The CAL consists of conditions that are considered so severe they automatically meet the SSA’s definition of disability and may qualify for faster approval.

Does Pulmonary Fibrosis Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Even though idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is on the SSA’s list of approved conditions, you must be able to provide the SSA with medical evidence that can support your claim. Here is a list of evidence that may be beneficial to provide:

  • Documentation of any physical exams related to pulmonary fibrosis
  • Evidence of abnormalities caused by the disease
  • Recommendation from your physician for Social Security disability benefits

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Many find that consulting with an experienced Social Security attorney or advocate can be extremely beneficial. Disability advocate and attorneys have experience dealing with conditions on the CAL and can help you determine what medical documentation is needed. Click on the button below to get a free benefits evaluation.

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