Chronic heart fatigue can lead to physical symptoms like fatigue and weakness that make it difficult, if not impossible to hold down a job. If you suffer from chronic heart fatigue, and the medical condition has forced you to take time off from work, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
The key to receiving financial assistance is to submit a persuasive application to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
This article explains the types of documents you need to include in your disability application for chronic heart fatigue.
Medical Documentation to Boost Your Case
If you have not worked for a minimum of 12 months, you might be eligible for receiving SSDI benefits. You have to submit medical documentation that confirms the diagnosis of chronic heart failure, as well as the treatment regimen conducted by your physician to improve the symptoms of the medical condition.
You should submit the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the hospitals, physicians, caseworkers, and medical centers that took care of you. Make sure to include the date of each visit to provide the SSA with a timeline associated with you dealing with chronic heart fatigue.
Diagnosing chronic heart fatigue involves running a series of tests that must be documented and sent to the SSA. One or more blood tests reveal symptoms of chronic heart disease that can negatively impact your daily routine that includes working. Your doctor might take a chest x-ray to determine the condition of your heart and lungs.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) displays the electrical activity by connecting electrodes on your skin. The results of all three tests should be verified by your doctor by the signing of each document. Then, you make photocopies of each document that you send with your SSDI application.
Additional Documentation for the SSA
The SSA refers to a guide called the blue book to determine eligibility for SSDI benefits. The symptoms of chronic heart failure fall under Section 4.0 of the Blue Book. In addition to sending the SSA medical evidence, you also have to submit work-related documentation that confirms you missed time because of chronic heart failure.
A signed affirmation by your employer is one document that should accompany an SSDI application. The SSA also wants proof of the symptoms of chronic heart fatigue that forced you off the job. A copy of your most recent W-2 form and federal income tax statement helps bolsters your case for SSDI benefits. Remember that you must have missed work for at least the last 12 months, which means submitting your tax and wage information from the previous year is what the SSA wants to see.
Here’s some other information you should send the SSA along with your SSDI application:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- Name and dosage of drugs prescribed
- Summary of employment
The Importance of Working with a Disability Attorney
Although a Social Security lawyer is helpful when filing an appeal for a denied SSDI application, you should be proactive by hiring an attorney to help you build the most convincing case. A lawyer can help you organize the documents you need to submit to the SSA, as well as monitor the progress of your SSDI application.
Most Social Security lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they do not get paid until their clients receive approval from the SSA to receive SSDI benefits.
Schedule a free consultation with a disability attorney to build the strongest SSDI application.