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Support for You and Your Family to Manage Cystic Fibrosis

If you’re in a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis, you know how it eats away at your health. You have little time or energy for anything but managing its many symptoms.

Working is often impossible, but financial support may be available. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recognizes cystic fibrosis as a disease that can qualify you for monthly benefit checks to help with daily expenses.

Still, winning those benefits can be harder than it looks. Most applicants are turned away when they first apply.

Working with an experienced disability lawyer who knows what information you need for a cystic fibrosis disability claim can give you a fighting chance.

For more than 40 years, the Lachman & Gorton Law Office has helped thousands of people win Social Security Disability benefits.

Our disability attorneys serve people in Elmira, Binghamton, Rochester, and every community in Upstate New York.

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Common Symptoms that Qualify Cystic Fibrosis for Social Security Disability Benefits

As your cystic fibrosis worsens over time, it impacts your lungs, digestive system, pancreas and other organs.

When it becomes severe enough that you cannot work, that’s when you qualify for Social Security Disability .

In your application for disability benefits, you need to document how your symptoms of cystic fibrosis rule out working.

Cystic fibrosis has distinct symptoms that you can show Social Security through medical records and evidence from your treatment:

  • Mucus that normally works as a lubricant inside the body instead becomes thick and sticky and causes blockages, traps germs, and prevents the absorption of key nutrients.
  • You experience lung and sinus infections.
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • Despite a strong appetite, you struggle to gain a healthy weight.
  • You experience highly salty skin.
  • Finding energy for simple tasks is a major struggle.

About 40,000 people have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the U.S., according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To get disability benefits, you want to work with a disability lawyer who understands this condition and how to follow Social Security’s guidelines for getting approved for benefits with it.

We know you have a lot of questions about this process . We can give you answers and even evaluate your case at no charge to you.

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How to Prove Your Cystic Fibrosis Qualifies You for Social Security Disability Benefits

To prove you can’t work because of cystic fibrosis, and therefore should be approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have very clear documentation.

Because this is an inherited disease, first you will need a signed physician’s report that shows either they found cystic fibrosis through a screening when you were born, or you have a family history of the disorder in a sibling, and lab tests show the chemical signs or gene mutations for it.

You must also have records that show you have chronic symptoms associated with cystic fibrosis, including:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decrease in lung function

Additionally, if your doctor has warned you not to overexert yourself, that you should take frequent breaks, you must use a nebulizer or otherwise refrain from moderately physical tasks, these orders can support your claim that you can’t keep up with a job and should get disability benefits.

Once you have disability income, you can worry less about money and focus more on your own well-being.

The Lachman & Gorton disability lawyers in New York make it their mission to help you get there.

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