Can Congestive Heart Failure qualify for disability benefits?
Heart failure affects nearly 5.7 million Americans today and almost 670,000 are diagnosed with CHF each year. It is a contributing cause of death for 1 in 9 people and is the leading cause of hospitalization for those over 65.
Congestive heart failure is a dangerous condition that prevents the heart from pumping an adequate amount of blood to support the body.
CHF is a progressive disease, which means it can worsen over time and without treatment, can develop into a potentially life-threatening condition.
Some causes of CHF include previous heart attack, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and congenital heart defects.
Diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity can all result in increased risk of CHF.
Treatment for CHF can involve drugs such as Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors to open up blood vessels, Beta-blockers to reduce blood pressure and slow a rapid heartbeat, and Diuretics reduce your body’s fluid content.
Surgeries including Angioplasty, a procedure to open up blocked arteries may be required.
You can decrease your risk of heart disease by:
- Stopping smoking
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Drink only in moderation
- Controlling your weight
- Exercising regularly
Congestive heart failure in particular can seriously alter your daily life and may prevent you from working like you normally would.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Congestive heart failure, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you have CHF, contact the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach and Reed today. Our experienced Austin, TX disability lawyers are here to help determine if your condition makes you eligible to receive disability benefits. If you do qualify for benefits, our lawyers will work closely with you during the application process and fight for the benefits you deserve. If you have previously filed a claim for disability but were denied our lawyers can also help you appeal that decision. Timing is everything when applying for SSD benefits, so contact us today for your free initial consultation.
Contact a Social Security disability attorney at 512-454-4000 for a free consultation and see if you can get disability benefits while suffering from Congestive Heart Failure or CHF. If you have been denied disability don’t give up!
Does My Congestive Heart Failure Qualify for Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration, the government agency that handles all disability benefit applications, has specific criteria to evaluate whether your CHF is a disabling medical condition. The listings for cardiac conditions are found in Section 4.00 of the SSA’s blue book under The Cardiovascular System. In order to prove you meet the criteria in Section 4.00 your medical records must show that you suffer from severe, continuing heart failure even after treatment. You also need to show that your complications include either systolic heart failure (the heart’s pumping strength is weakened) or diastolic heart failure (the heart cannot fill properly with blood). In addition to proving either systolic or diastolic heart failure, your medical history needs to show that you suffered from specific symptoms such as episodes of heart failure that caused hospitalization with the past 12 months. If you can prove you suffer from these complications and symptoms, your condition will be considered a disabling medical condition, qualifying you to receive disability benefits.
If you cannot show that you have suffered from the specific complications and symptoms required then you might still be eligible to receive SSD benefits.
Even if your symptoms or complications are not severe enough to be considered disabling, your CHF may still prevent you from working. If your medical records prove that your condition is preventing you from working like you have in the past, you may qualify to receive benefits because of your functional limitations.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, you will need to satisfy a few specific requirements in two categories as determined by the Social Security Administration.
The first category is the Work Requirements which has two tests.
- The Duration of Work test. Whether you have worked long enough to be covered under SSDI.
- The Current Work Test. Whether you worked recently enough for the work to actually count toward coverage.
The second category is the Medical Eligibility Requirement.
- Are you working? Your disability must be “total”.
- Is your medical condition severe? Your disability must be “severe” enough to interfere with your ability to perform basic work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, and remembering.
- Is your medical condition on the List of Impairments? The SSA has a “List of Impairments” that automatically qualify as “severe” disabilities. If your disease is not listed this does not mean you cannot get disability, it means you must prove you cannot maintain employment due to your limitations.
- Can you do the work you did before? SSDI rules look at whether your medical condition prevents you from doing the work you did prior to developing the condition.
- Can you do any other type of work? If you cannot do your prior work, an evaluation is made as to whether you can perform any other kind of work.
More details can be found on our Qualifying for Disability page.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a notoriously difficult process to do alone. You need experienced, quality legal help from lawyers who understand the system. At Bemis, Roach and Reed, our lawyers are attuned to the complexities of the system and know how the whole process works. If you live in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Galveston, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Corpus Christi, or Central Texas, call us toll free at (866) 433-4979 to get started.
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