Can I Receive Disability Benefits for a Respiratory Condition?
There are a variety respiratory conditions that can cause a person to stop working. From Asthma to Cystic Fibrosis, diseases and conditions of the lungs or respiratory system can be disabling. If you are dealing with a disabling disease or condition, you may not be able to earn an income as you used to. Disability benefits can help replace your lost income.
Types of Respiratory Conditions
A disabling lung condition doesn't have to be a diagnosed disease or illness. Instead, it may just be a severe infection. A diagnosis helps determine the source of your problems, but you need to show that the condition is disabling and keeps you from working. Common respiratory problems that lead to disabilities include:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Lung transplants
- Pulmonary Embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lungs)
Some more common respiratory problems, such as the common cold, can become severe problems if not treated by a qualified medical professional. If you can, visit your doctor to treat the condition in its beginning stages. More advanced conditions can prevent a person from working and earning an income for themselves or their families.
How Do I Get Disability Benefits?
In order to get your lost wages covered by Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Veteran's disability benefits, or disability insurance, you will need to demonstrate how the condition is affecting your ability to work. Difficulty breathing can prevent you from doing many jobs, so you'll want to use specific examples and words to describe your pain and suffering. A lung transplant, for example, makes it difficult to do anything, let alone work. To prove that this condition is a disability, you'll want to tell an adjuster or representative if you cannot feed yourself or need assistance bathing.
If your respiratory condition makes it impossible for you to work, call an experienced disability attorney to start on the road towards a successful appeal for your denied disability claim.
Is it Possible to Get Multiple Benefits for My Disability?
If your respiratory condition is the result of working in a factory or other setting that exposed you to fumes, chemicals, or airborne hazards, you may be dealing with a workers' compensation claim. An experienced attorney can pursue benefits for your disability anywhere they exist, whether through disability insurance, personal injury, or workers' compensation claims.