April 26, 2017
Breathing Problems and Social Security Disability
Many of my clients having breathing problems as either their sole issue or as just another problem among the many they experience. Breathing problems such as Emphysema, Asthma, COPD, or any other impairment can make it extremely difficult to work. Sometimes it is very apparent just by talking to an individual, while other times it is more obvious when they are exerting themselves. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does consider breathing problems when determining a disabling condition. It may be wise for you to file a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim if you find this or any other condition prevents you from working.
My clients often complain that their breathing problems cause many symptoms including but not limited to:
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest pain
- Constant coughing
- Chronic Respiratory Infections
Unfortunately, many lung problems can be permanent in nature. As with all disabling conditions, the SSA will usually need medical documentation to prove your disabling condition. A Pulmonary Function Test may help to persuade the SSA your condition is severe enough to receive disability payments. The Social Security Administration examines pulmonary disorders under the provisions in its Listing of Impairments. Listing 3.00 Respiratory Disorders outlines the information the SSA uses to determine if a person meets or equals this disabling condition.
Receiving the correct type of treatment can be the key to a successful outcome in a Social Security disability appeal. A qualified pulmonologist may be able to provide the medical documentation needed for the SSA to grant your claim. It is important to remember to let the SSA know you have issues with your breathing, even though it may not be your primary reason for filing a disability claim. The SSA can consider all of your impairments in combination when deciding if you are able to maintain full time employment.