Understanding COPD Social Security Disability

COPD, or Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a difficult disease for a person to manage. This is compounded by those who suffer from COPD and also need employment. Suffers of the disease often find it difficult to maintain employment as a result of how the disease impacts their body.

Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a disease that qualifies for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA). The challenge with this type of disability case is proving to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled, because their definition of disability is very strict.

Defining Social Security Disability Benefits:

The SSA has a very rigid definition of who is disabled. To receive SSI or SSDI benefits a person must provide evidence that they are permanently disabled and this condition will last at least one year, or result in their death. No benefits are awarded for a partial or short-term disability.

Documenting a COPD Disability:

The most important thing for a COPD patient to do is to see a doctor on a regular basis. While at the doctor’s office, this is your opportunity to help build your COPD disability case. Remember to win benefits you’ll need to provide documentation of your disability. The notes and records your doctor maintains on file are critical evidence to help support your claim.

It is your responsibility to ensure your condition is being documented properly. Make sure your doctor is writing down your symptoms (and that the writing is legible). When talking to your doctor, be specific about your symptoms. For example if you are experiencing a shortness of breath, tell your doctor when it occurs, examples below:

- Carrying groceries
– Walking from room to room
– Standing for long periods of time (how long?)

COPD Chest Pain:

Another common COPD condition is chest pain. If you are experiencing chest paint, describe the pain to your doctor. Tell your doctor how long it takes to recover from COPD chest pain. This information is critical to support your COPD disability case and also helps ensure your doctor is able to adjust your treatment as needed.

As you can see your doctor’s records will be one of the greatest sources of supporting evidence for your case. Too often qualified applicants are denied disability because they were unable to document their disability to the Social Security Administration’s standards. It is important to remember that though you may seem to be disabled, if you do not provide the SSA with the evidence and documentation that they need, you will be unable to receive the benefits you are entitled to. If you are uncertain, or want to increase your chances of winning benefits you may want to contact a COPD attorney.

COPD Disability Attorney and COPD Disability Lawyer:

An experienced COPD disability attorney or COPD disability lawyer can be a great resource when applying for benefits. Disability lawyers and attorneys will be able to help you with your claim by assisting in gathering documentation and testimony if needed for your impairment and associated symptoms. Whether you need to apply for disability benefits or have applied and been denied, finding a lawyer with COPD disability experience can be the difference of winning benefits and being denied.

Matt Berry is a COPD disability lawyer. As a COPD disability attorney he has a passion for helping clients with COPD disability questions.

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10 Responses

  1. John Earl Hunt is the best workers comp lawyer in Eastern Kentucky.
    I even saw on a billboard that he was a worker comp Law judge and nows
    hes a worker comp lawyer? Doesnt get any better then that! And I even heard he was working with Eric C. Conn and he did my neices case in 2004 and passed with in 4 months and she had all the social benefits she needed. So you know if hes working with a guy like that he has to be the best!!

  2. I am 61 yrs. old, and I have COPD. I am a home-care worker, for a 92 yr. old man. Which most of my work is cleaning and personal care of my client, It is very hard to do most of these functions. I get out of breath very easily, But I was looking on the SS web-site, And there is no way I can go for 1 yr. or more waitnig for DSS, with no money coming in. It also said you had to be out of work for `1yr before you can apply for DSS?
    That’s why I have pushed and pushed myself to make it to my clients house everyday, because who can go for a yr. without money, and then be expected to wait ?? yrs. to get approved? You could die before all that takes place or bcome destitute, and homeless?

  3. I applied for SSD and was denied. I have had COPD since 1995. I am on supplemental oxygen and was actually told by SS that if I avoided dust and fumes I could do most ordinary activities including working as an Administrative Assistant! Whoever wrote that statement doesn’t have a clue about COPD! It takes every bit of energy I have just to get a shower, etc. I have asked for a reconsideration of my claim but doubt that it will do any good. I will more than likely have to hire an attorney to help me with an appeal. Our Government and its agencies disgust me!

  4. If I’m not mistaken, COPD stands for CHRONIC Obstructive Pulmonary Disease…not CARDIAC Obstructive Pulmonary Disease :(

  5. Ya you’re right it does Mike, it’s a nasty disease and if you don’t get the proper treatment can be detrimental and deadly. My son has it and currently takes breathing treatments on a device from the companies website I’ve listed.

  6. Mike Wrote:
    If I’m not mistaken, COPD stands for CHRONIC Obstructive Pulmonary Disease…not CARDIAC Obstructive Pulmonary Disease :(

    I have seen several legal websites make this same mistake! It’s CHRONIC not CARDIAC… geeze. It’s in the lungs not the heart.

    Breath is required for everything we do, not the least of which is focused thinking and emotional expression… you’d be amazed. And, while I can spend a few hours now, working, I have to force myself to get exercise. It’s a struggle, but does help in the long run if you can move at all.

  7. With several comments correcting the error on this page regarding the correct use of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, please make the correction. To not do so makes your site lose credibility and gives the impression that you purposely leave the word cardiac in your post as a keyword for search engine optimization purposes to drive traffic to your legal links despite the fact that it isan erroneous and irrelevant keyword to this article. If you are truly interested in putting out accurate information you will correct this.

  8. I can’t believe that someone has not corrected the Cardiac error. How can someone continue to make such chronic mistakes?

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    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
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  10. Hey there, awesome online site you’ve got in here.

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