Serious breathing problems can make it difficult to work. Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and fatigue associated with breathing problems make it difficult or even impossible to maintain gainful employment. If you find yourself unable to work as a result of a breathing problem, such as asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, we provide skilled legal representation for people who are unable to work as a result of different types of lung problems, including: asthma, emphysema, sarcoidosis, mesothelioma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis.
The key to a successful application for Social Security Disability benefits often turns upon seeking proper medical treatment from a pulmonary specialist. The Social Security Administration places a great deal of emphasis on medical reports and test results when deciding whether to grant disability benefits. Thus, it is important that you report your symptoms and limitations, both to your doctor and to the Social Security Administration in your application. If you are often relying on a rescue inhaler, a nebulizer or suffering shortness of breath, tell your doctor. If you are unable to perform once-routine daily activities, tell your doctor. It is also important to ensure that your doctor is administering the proper tests to address your breathing problems such as a pulmonary function test. The results of objective tests will be weighed heavily in your disability claim.
Like almost anything where the government is concerned, SSD and SSI disability applications contain confusing terminology, a requirement for detail and strict deadlines. The application forms can be confusing, and the answers to the questions aren’t always clear. Our experienced disability lawyer has extensive experience handling them and getting favorable results for our clients.
For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation with a trusted SSDI and SSI lawyer serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding region, please contact us online or call our office in Jenkintown: 215-886-0398 or Philadelphia: 215-886-0660 to arrange a free initial consultation with our experienced disability lawyer about SSD/SSI eligibility. Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq. www.disabilitylawpa.com