Social Security and Emphysema

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as emphysema, is a chronic lung disease in which a person’s breathing is restricted due to a deterioration of the alveoli (tiny air sacs) in the lungs. Unfortunately, there is no cure for emphysema, but treatment can help reduce the symptoms, which include coughing, fatigue, and frequent respiratory infections. Some people experience symptoms which are debilitating enough to require assistance from Social Security disability benefits.

If you or someone you love has emphysema and is in need of Social Security disability benefits, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at 317-634-8565. Our experienced Social Security attorneys can help you throughout the application process and help you get the benefits you need.

Procedure for Applying for Benefits

Emphysema is not specifically listed in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) blue book, but it falls under the section which covers respiratory illness. Your qualification for disability benefits will depend on the severity of your illness and its effect on your ability to perform work functions. Here are some steps you will need to take in order to better position yourself to receive disability benefits:

  • Provide proof that you have been diagnosed with emphysema by a medical professional.
  • In addition to diagnosis, you must have documentation that shows how your illness has prevented you from being able to perform the necessary tasks for gainful employment
  • Provide a full history of the treatment which you have received and how you have responded to it over time
  • Provide documentation of a pulmonary function test which assesses the severity of your condition

Providing as much information as possible related to your illness and its effect on your ability to carry out necessary tasks is the most important part of applying for benefits. If emphysema has verifiably prevented you from being able to work, you may qualify for benefits.

Contact Us

For more information on how to apply for disability benefits and for sound legal representation you can trust, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office. We can help you navigate the complicated process of applying for and receiving the benefits you need. Contact us today at 317-634-8565.