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Can’t Work Due to a Lung Impairment? Social Security Disability Can Help.

You didn’t choose to leave the workforce. Your lung condition forced you out.

For so many people with respiratory impairments, the coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and more make getting through a workday impossible. Even in the comfort of your own home, walking and talking can feel like too much.

You’re wondering if you can get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for lung impairments in New York.

A monthly check could go a long way toward helping you regain some financial stability, and with the Medicare coverage that comes with it, you’d be able to focus on better taking care of your health care needs.

The application process is complex, and you might be unsure how to begin. Or you might have applied for benefits and been turned down. Don’t worry. This happens to the vast majority of first-time SSDI applicants.

The good news is that no matter where you are in the process, there are ways to increase the likelihood of getting the SSDI benefits you deserve—starting with seeking a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced New York disability attorney.

Lachman & Gorton Law Office has helped thousands of people in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester and across upstate New York for decades.

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How to Improve Your Chances of Winning Disability Benefits in Binghamton

Do you qualify for SSDI? The answer is yes if you have earned enough work credits by paying Social Security taxes and your lung condition meets Social Security’s disability criteria:

  • You’re unable to work because of your condition.
  • That means you can’t do the work you did previously.
  • And you can’t do any other type of work.
  • Your condition is “severe,” significantly limiting your ability to do basic activities such as lifting, walking or remembering for at least 12 months.
  • Your condition is on Social Security’s Listing of Impairments.

The section on respiratory disorders includes a wide range of diagnoses, from asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis to lung transplantation.

If your lung condition isn’t on the list, yet it meets the other criteria, Social Security could still accept it as a disability based on how much it limits your daily life.

If your lung condition by itself hasn’t forced you to stop working, but it combines with other health problems to leave you unable to work, Social Security may also accept the combination as a disability—and award life-changing benefits to you.

You don’t have to sort it all out on your own. An experienced disability lawyer knows how your symptoms, diagnoses, and limitations can qualify for Social Security Disability if presented correctly.

And working with a Social Security Disability lawyer can improve your chances of winning benefits.

In Upstate New York, get in touch with Lachman & Gorton.

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SSDI Application Denied? You Still Have Options.

You applied for SSDI benefits but received notification of denial from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is very common; in fact, almost 80 percent of first-time applications have been denied, on average, in recent years.

Is that the end of it? Absolutely not. Now is not the time to give up.

There are multiple levels of appeal available to you. The appeals process can be lengthy and complicated, but you can still win your disability claim.

If you were denied disability benefits, let a Lachman & Gorton disability attorney help you. We know how to prove your claim to the SSA. YOU PAY NO FEE UNTIL YOU WIN BENEFITS.

If you can’t work due to a lung impairment or any other physical or mental condition, disability benefits can help you move forward with your life.

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