COPD & Social Security Disability

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated fifteen million Americans suffer from the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), “a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems.”

COPD manifests either in the form of chronic bronchitis or emphysema (and in some cases, asthma), all of which cause deterioration of the lungs and difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, the condition is not reversible, but regular medication, rehabilitation, avoidance of air pollutants and flu/pneumonia vaccines can help prevent the damage from getting worse.

If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD that renders you unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as COPD is recognized as an official disabling condition by the SSA.

To increase your chances, it’s helpful to obtain medical records that show the degree to which the airflow in your lungs is compromised, proving your ability to exert yourself is hindered and you are unable to work. The SSA may additionally ask you to undergo a lung function test.

The West Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyers of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can help you build a solid case and get you the benefits you deserve. You can call us toll-free at 1.877.526.3457 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law

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