If you have a breathing disorder, you might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. To determine the severity of your condition, the Social Security Administration requires that you undergo certain tests to show the severity of your condition. One of the tests used for lung disorders is the Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV).
It measures the volume of air forced from the lungs when you take a deep breath. The FEV measures pulmonary function, and the lower the reading, the more serious your lung condition.
How is FEV Calculated?
Spirometry testing for FEV measures the amount of air that you inhale then exhale within a set time. You will have a mouthpiece over your mouth, inhale deeply, then blow out the air forcefully. This test will provide the doctor with an FEV or FEV1, measuring the amount of air you blow out in a second. The results will show the deterioration of the individual’s lung functioning. The SSA will use the FEV1 along with the forced vital capacity (FVC) test, to measure your pulmonary functioning.
Consult With a Disability Attorney
If you have pulmonary difficulties that affect your ability to work, and you have taken an FEV test with a low reading, you should consult with a disability attorney. Documentation and medical records are the key to a successful claim. Your lawyer will improve your odds of being approved for benefits. Get your free case review today, so you can get your disability claim for pulmonary problems on the right track.