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Congestive Heart Failure SSD Benefits in NY

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How Disability Benefits for Congestive Heart Failure Can Make Your Life Easier

Congestive heart failure that seriously limits your daily activities can be grounds to apply for economic help from Social Security Disability benefits.

Benefits provide monthly income support and gets you into Medicare before the usual retirement age requirement. This can greatly improve your financial stability and peace while you focus on your health.

You must prove, however, that your heart failure episodes leave you unable to work, hardly at all, for at least a year. Many people trying to do this end up getting denied and must appeal to have a chance at benefits.

Social Security recognizes “chronic heart failure,” meaning a long-term condition, as a disease that can meet the standards for benefits. But the details of getting approved for benefits go on for pages.

If you’re in Upstate New York, you can get help from Lachman & Gorton Law Office, which has helped thousands of people through this process. And you pay no up-front cost to work with us.

To claim your disability benefits for congestive heart failure, talk to us in Binghamton, Rochester, or anywhere in Upstate New York.

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What to Tell Social Security About Your Congestive Heart Failure

To get disability benefits, you have to get people at Social Security to see how your heart failure alters your daily life in ways that stop you from working.

That means providing details of your symptoms.

Social Security recognizes two types of heart failure where your heart’s primary pump, the left ventricle, loses function:

  • Systolic failure in which your heart struggles to get blood out to your body
  • Diastolic failure in which your heart becomes rigid and doesn’t fill with blood correctly between heartbeats

Individual symptoms that can go into your report to Social Security include:

  • Easily exhausted
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Coughing
  • Palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Leg swelling (peripheral edema)
  • Blood pressure irregularities
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Inability to handle an exercise test
  • Three heart failure episodes in 12 months
  • Difficulty walking steadily
  • Mental functioning trouble

In decades of experience at Lachman & Gorton, our disability attorneys have worked with many clients with congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions—to get them financial assistance.

We know what goes into a successful disability claim for heart failure.

So you can talk to us to see how your situation applies under the Social Security Disability rules. We don’t charge anything for an introductory conversation to let you know where you stand.

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Tests and Reports You Need to Get Social Security Disability for Chronic Heart Failure

Social Security outlines several types of medical tests and reports you can show them to prove your symptoms of chronic heart failure are severe enough to rule out working.

Your medical evidence can include:

  • Chest x-rays
  • Echocardiogram (ultrasound or sonogram) images of the heart
  • Radionuclide imaging of the heart
  • Cardiac catheterization (inserting a tube) to examine the heart
  • Exercise test results
  • Reports on your medical history with chronic heart failure

Social Security goes into great detail on what kinds of measures and results it needs to see from each of these tests and medical reports.

An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer knows these rules. Doctors know how your disease works, and how to conduct the medical tests, but they often don’t know what information Social Security wants in a disability application.

The Upstate New York disability lawyers at Lachman & Gorton organize records from your health care providers so they’re useful to Social Security claims examiners.

With a professional helping you, you can save yourself work, avoid mistakes, and feel better knowing that someone highly capable is guiding your disability benefits claim. Remember, you pay no fee for your attorney’s work until you win benefits.

When you’ve living with heart failure, and can’t do everything that you used to, it’s time to claim any resources available to build a more comfortable life.

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