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Understanding COPD Social Security Disability

Jun 26, 2008
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.
About the Author
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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