Emphysema is a chronic lung condition that leads to shortness of breath. The alveoli (air sacs of the lungs) are damaged in people suffering from emphysema. Over time, alveoli’s inner walls rupture from weakening, which creates larger air spaces rather than multiple smaller ones.
It reduces the surface area of a person’s lungs, and thus, fewer amounts of oxygen reach their bloodstream. At the time of exhaling, the affected alveoli do not work correctly, which makes the old air trapped in the lungs. It leaves no room for oxygen-rich, fresh air to fill the lungs.
In 2018, over 3.8 million adults were diagnosed with emphysema, and the number of deaths was over seven thousand. It makes this disease a severe cause of concern. You are entitled to receive social security disability for emphysema if you meet the SSA’s (Social Security Administration) listing requirements for chronic pulmonary insufficiency (COPD).
Chronic cough and shortness of breath are the two main emphysema symptoms that appear during the initial stages. In emphysema, a person feels shortness of breath (dyspnea), which means that they are unable to catch their breath.
It starts during any physical exertion, but when the disease progresses, it might happen even when one isn’t physically exhausted. COPD and emphysema develop over many years. In the later stages of this chronic disease, a person might experience:
Several other conditions have similar symptoms as COPD and emphysema. Thus, it is crucial to get medical advice. Though there are multiple causes of emphysema, people’s main reason to get this is prolonged exposure to airborne dust particles or irritants.
In rare cases, emphysema comes from an inherited protein deficiency that helps in protecting the elastic structure in the lungs. This form of the disease is known as the alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency emphysema.
If an emphysema patient faces severe health issues and other circumstances making his life miserable, the Social Security Administration may approve your application. Many claims get automatic approval, given they meet the listing requirements for Chronic Pulmonary insufficiency (COPD). You can also get approval if your doctor states that your disease will be worse. The healthcare professional should also mention that is not possible for you to do any job to earn a living.
To ensure your eligibility for emphysema disability benefits, the SSA will ask for a spirometry test. It is meant to analyze the infection in your lungs. Many doctors also get this test done for their patients. But Social Security Administration will ask to undergo a spirometry test under their doctor’s supervision once again to identify your eligibility. If you are found eligible, you can get disability or emphysema.
Hire a disability lawyer from Berke Law Firm, P.A. to seek SSD benefits for your ailment. Discuss your case with our attorney and know the best ways to receive benefits. We are the experienced disability law firm on whom you can rely on for extended legal help. Our legal team will stand by your side from filing the application to receiving the benefits.
You might meet the SSA’s listing requirements for COPD, in case you suffer from severe emphysema. Your condition has to be serious enough for the doctor to put so many restrictions on what you do, that there are practically no jobs left to do for you.
Your doctor might have given you the spirometry test before, but you will have to undergo a new exam under the SSA. The SSA will have one of its own doctors take your test to check your present rate of breathing.
Disability benefits for emphysema can be secured at any age, based on the severity of your conditions. However, a young person with moderate emphysema might find it harder to secure the benefits than someone aged.
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