COPD and Social Security

The fourth-leading cause of death in the United States is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and it affects close to 32 million Americans. Most patients experience symptoms similar to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, as well as asthma. Living with COPD can be very difficult and can limit one’s ability to work since patients have trouble breathing easily while on the job.

If you or a loved one has COPD and needs Social Security disability benefits because you are unable to work, contact the Indianapolis Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633. Our attorneys can provide the legal help and support you need to seek the funds you deserve.

Symptoms of COPD

The most common cause of COPD is smoking tobacco, but other causes include exposure to certain gases or fumes, secondhand smoke and pollution, and using cooking gas without ventilation. Common symptoms include:

  • Cough with mucus
  • Shortness of breath that gets worse with activity
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Wheezing

COPD symptoms develop slowly over time and many patients are unaware they are even sick. To make breathing easier, affected individuals should avoid cold air and cigarette smoke.

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You should see a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of COPD, and it is important to document your symptoms and physician visits in order to strengthen your Social Security disability case. Contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 for more information.