If you suffer from heart failure and it keeps you from working and earning a living, you are facing financial troubles. You may qualify for disability benefits administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) if you cannot work for at least 12 months due to heart failure. The following five signs should help you determine ways that your disability claim for heart failure may be approved.
Sign 1: Non-medical Requirements are Met
You need to have earned enough credits to be covered by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Additionally, you need to have paid enough taxes. This usually means you have worked full-time for five out of the past 10 years. The SSA can tell you if you are covered.
Sign 2: Strong Medical Evidence Supporting Your Claim
A lack of medical evidence to support the claim usually results in claims being denied. If you have hard medical evidence that confirms the severity of your condition, provides evidence of the heart failure diagnosis, discusses your treatment, and details your prognosis, you are more likely to have your disability claim approved.
Sign 3: Unable to Work for at Least 12 Months
If you are unable to work for at least a year because of heart failure, you have a chance at having your claim approved. To qualify for Social Security disability, you must be unable to work and earn a living for at least a year.
Sign 4: Blue Book listing Criteria is Met:
The SSA uses a medical guide called the Blue Book to determine if an individual meets the criteria to qualify for disability benefits. Section 4.02 of the Blue Book addresses chronic heart failure. To qualify you must show you have systolic failure of the heart with the left ventricular having end diastolic dimensions of more than 6.0 cm or have an ejection fraction reaching 30 percent of less when the heart is stable, and not during an acute episode and you must show that condition results in persistent symptoms of heart failure that can cause serious limitations that impairs your ability to perform daily tasks. You must also not be able to perform exercise tests without significant health risks. Medical evidence is essential to supporting your claim and confirming these aspects of your condition.
Sign 5: You are Working With a Disability Attorney
Claimants who are represented by a lawyer are more likely to have their disability claim approved. An attorney will know what evidence is needed for a claim to be successful and will ensure that you have all the supporting medical evidence in your file for review. If you need additional testing, your lawyer will know what you need and can communicate with your physician regarding your health. If you are unable to work because of heart failure and you are ready to apply for disability benefits, ask for a case review from a disability attorney today.