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The first lung transplant operation took place in 1963, but was unfortunately unsuccessful. Medical research has made great strides since then, allowing for success to be the norm in lung transplants.
The process involves a donor lung either partially or totally replacing an individual’s weakened one. Most commonly, a lung transplant will be performed in patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or when replacing a previously transplanted lung. While these surgeries are high-risk, they generally give patients a higher quality of life.
People who have undergone lung transplants may be eligible for disability under the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. A lung transplant is considered a disability for 3 years following the date the operation took place. After this time, the individual will be reevaluated.
If you have had a lung transplant and would like to discuss your case for Social Security disability benefits, contact the experienced attorneys at Jan Dils Attorneys at Law at 877.526.3457 for your free initial consultation today.
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