Asthma is a common respiratory condition that can range from mild to life-threatening. If you struggle with severe asthma, it may be difficult or impossible for you to work. In these cases, it’s a good idea to consult with a disability lawyer for asthma.
How to Get Disability for Asthma
Before filing for asthma disability benefits, you’ll want to speak with an attorney who understands the intricacies of disability law. Attorney Lisa M. Ritacco specializes exclusively in SSD and SSI claims. She can answer questions specific to your case, as well as help you ascertain the types of medical documentation you’ll need to support and strengthen your claim. In the vast majority of cases, approval or denial of a claim depends on your functional capacity rather than the diagnosis itself. There are, however, guidelines that the SSA uses with regard to specific diagnoses when making an initial determination of eligibility. Asthma is included in their handbook. According to those guidelines, you must experience a minimum of six severe asthmatic episodes per year, or at least one every other month, in order to be considered for asthma disability benefits. These episodes must be severe enough that you had to seek emergency medical care for intensive treatment. Asthma attacks that you can control at home, either through daily preventative medication or a fast-acting inhaler, do not count toward this requirement. If you are hospitalized for treatment, and your hospitalization lasts for more than 24 hours, the SSA will count this as two occurrences even though treatment is for the same episode. It is crucial to keep detailed records of these events, the treatment you received, results of breathing tests, and any doctors’ notes or recommendations for your asthma disability benefits claim.
Additional Criteria for Social Security for Asthma
If your asthma does not fall under the frequency criteria, you may still qualify for asthma disability benefits under other criterion. For example, if as a result of your asthma you have chronic bronchitis that has left your respiratory system irreversibly weak and/or scarred, SSA will assess your claim under the same requirements used for COPD. You may need to have additional testing, imaging, and other medical documentation done in order to prove an asthmatic disability under COPD criteria. Your disability for asthma lawyer may be able to review the documentation you do have and then tell you what additional information the SSA typically requires so you can build the strongest possible case. Even if you meet all of the medical criteria for disability, you may still not be eligible for benefits if the SSA determines you are able to perform unskilled sedentary work — but this can vary widely from one case to another. For a disability lawyer for asthma who specializes in disability law, contact the office of Lisa M. Ritacco. She represents clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Call 1-877-459-4799 today for a no-obligation consultation.