Problems of the Respiratory System that may Qualify for Social Security Disability
(sleep apnea, lung diseases such as asthma and COPD)

This list of conditions which may qualify one to receive Social Security disability benefits is not intended to be authoritarian in nature and is provided only for your information. This information may not be the latest rulings provided by the SSA. Detailed information can be obtained from the Social Security Administration's website where this information was obtained. You may also fill out the form on this page for a FREE claim evaluation.

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The key to receiving disability benefits for breathing problems resides in the documentation of the condition and especially documentation of the lack of response to any treatments that have been given. The SSA understands that some people with respiratory problems may not be actively receiving treatments at the time of their claim, but may still have significant respiratory problems that prevent them from holding a job. If you are not sure if your breathing or lung problems would enable you to receive disability benefits you may contact the Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today by filling out the form on this page for a free case evaluation and/or help filing or appealing your disability for asthma and other respiratory problems.

Social Security Disability and Breathing Problems

Everyone needs to breathe to stay alive and when that need becomes an effort the world seems to slow and stop. Those who struggle with shortness of breathe and respiratory illnesses such as asthma, chronic pulmonary insufficiency, cystic fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, bronchiectasis, persistent lung infections, cor pulmonale, sleep-related breathing disorders and lung transplants may find every day life a significant struggle to survive, let alone try to work and pay bills. Social Security disability benefit relief cannot come fast enough for those who suffer from respiratory ailments.

Chronic Lung Infections and Episodic Respiratory Disease


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It may be difficult to obtain Social Security disability benefits for those with chronic lung infections. It is important that you establish the criteria that the infections are causing limitations that are ongoing and are also limiting the ability to perform gainful activity for the future twelve month time period during which you would be receiving the benefits.

Episodic diseases such as asthma attacks, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis may occur even with prescribed treatment. The  SSA will look at the frequency and intensity of the respiratory episodes when reviewing the claim for Social Security disability benefits. It is extremely important that you consistently follow your doctor's orders for treatment in every way possible.

Be sure to include documentation for any emergency treatments you may have received by ambulance or emergency room when filing your claim along with any hospitalizations or long term treatments.

Chronic Cor Pulmonale and Pulmonary Vascular Disease

The Social Security Administration will rely heavily on your doctor's findings for diagnosis when determining whether you qualify for Social Security disability for heart related breathing problems. The SSA will first want to know the specific diagnosis, then the severity of the problem, followed by how your activity is limited by the disease. Some testing may be required to confirm the severity of your cardiac caused breathing problems. You should be able to prove that your cor pulmonale condition is chronic and irreversible.Sleep apnea may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Sleep Apnea

Some people with sleep apnea are able to lead fruitful and fulfilling lives, while others suffer from sleep apnea that leaves them totally exhausted, sick and unable to hold a job. When you file a claim for Social Security disability benefits due to sleep apnea be prepared to show that your condition is severe enough to cause the inability to perform proper mental functioning. Sleep apnea can affect memory, personality, orientation and more. Make sure all physical and mental impairments are adequately documented.

Summary

As with some other impairments, breathing problems can be caused by multiple problems. Each problem by itself may not be adequate for you to obtain Social Security disability benefits, but a combination of problems may be more than enough for you to receive your disability payments.

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Social Security Disability List of Injuries and Illnesses

Musculoskeletal System
(back & joint pain, fractures, injuries, Carpal Tunnel)

Respiratory System
(lung diseases such as asthma, sleep apnea)

Digestive System
(gastrointestinal, liver, bowel, nutrition)

Hematological Disorders
(blood related problems)

Endocrine Disorders
(diabetes, pancreatitis)

Neurological
(brain, stroke, seizures, Parkinson's, head injuries, migraines)

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
(cancers & tumors)

Special Senses and Speech
(hearing, vision, vertigo)

Cardiovascular System
(heart attacks, chronic heart failure, blood clots)

Genitourinary Impairments
(kidney disease, dialysis)

Skin Disorders
(light sensitivity, burns)

Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
(Down Syndrome)

Mental Disorders
(autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and more)

Immune System Disorders
(HIV, lupus, arthritis)