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Respiratory Impairments & Social Security Appeals

Respiratory Impairments, such as Asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, and Emphysema can be disabling. To be automatically disabled by these impairments you will need objective test results from a pulmonologist on certain breathing tests.

Even if you do not meet the SSA disability requirements for respiratory impairments specifically, you may still be able to get benefits through a medical-vocational allowance – determined by your ability to work considering your respiratory impairments and other mental and/or physical impairments.

If you want to get benefits based on your respiratory impairments you should be receiving treatment, including therapy and medications from medical doctor. You may be disabled by these conditions even if you continue to smoke due to a nicotine addiction.

Qualifying For Social Security Due To Respiratory Impairments

Applying and Preparing For Appeal

You can apply for disability in the following ways:

  • In person
  • by phone
  • online

Probably the least desirable option is to walk into the Social Security office without an appointment. You may have to wait a long time before you can talk to someone about your application. Calling to apply allows you to speak with a representative.  They can help you with the application, and applying online is often the fastest option.

Be prepared for denial of your initial application. The SSA tends to deny claims the first time around. You will need to appeal if you want to get your benefits. The appeal process can take a significant amount of time, over a year in some cases.  Prepare yourself for a wait. By demonstrating your disability, there is a chance you will get your benefits, but it will probably not happen quickly.

To improve your chances of getting your benefits and eliminate much of the uncertainty of the application and appeals process, you should work with an attorney experienced in SSI and SSD.  A skilled attorney can help ensure that everything is done right the first time.  Correctly collecting information minimizes the chances of rejection. Your lawyer will be useful in the appeals process.  You may need to speak to a judge and present your case before SSA accepts your claim.

 Mark Schneider has helped many, many clients through the SSI / SSD process, and we are here to do the same for you. Please contact us now to get started on the application or appeals process. The sooner we begin, the sooner we can get you your benefits.

The Importance of Working with an Experienced SSI / SSD Attorney


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