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Disability Benefits for Lung Disease in New York

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Support You Deserve Through Hard Times with Lung Disease

When you sometimes struggle to breathe, you know full well that you don’t have energy for anything but dealing with your condition.

Lung disease comes in many forms and consumes your attention, leaving you without options for working and earning an income.
When you can’t work, you can’t pay your bills. That stress makes managing your condition worse.

You need relief. Social Security Disability benefits are available to people who cannot work because of health problems, including a host of conditions that impact your lungs.

Monthly checks ease the burden of your expenses, and the access you get to Medicare or Medicaid are a lifeline to improve your well-being. But getting disability benefits can be difficult. Most first-time claims are denied and must be appealed.

Having an experienced disability lawyer on your side can make a big difference.

At Lachman & Gorton Law Office, we know the cold, complicated Social Security system from beginning to end. We are proud of our track record of securing benefits for our neighbors in Elmira, Binghamton, Rochester, and all over Upstate New York.

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Does My Lung Disease Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security recognizes several forms of lung disease when considering what qualifies for disability benefits.

The challenge is proving that your condition prevents you from working. To qualify for benefits, you must show that your symptoms will knock you out of commission for at least a year.

Often different lung diseases share similar symptoms that you can document in your application for disability benefits.

These can include wheezing, chest pain, incessant coughing, shortness of breath, and rapid breathing, to name a few. You must identify and prove your condition in a thorough process that dives deep into your medical history.

Some of the lung diseases and conditions recognized by Social Security include:

  • Asthma – inflammation on muscle constriction around your airways that make it difficult to breathe.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – a condition that restricts airflow through your lungs. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are common examples of COPD.
  • Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic disorder that damages the cells of your lungs.
  • Bronchiectasis – a thickening of the bronchi in your lungs through inflammation or infection.
  • Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension – high blood pressure that damages your lungs’ arteries and your heart.
  • Lung Transplant – replacement of damaged lungs that still carries the symptoms of a chronic lung condition.
  • Cancer – Lung cancer is one of many forms of cancer that Social Security considers eligible for disability benefits.

With so many details and differing reasons for lung disease, it can be overwhelming to put together all the documentation you need to win your case. No cut-and-paste method exists. The details of your disability claim must be tailored to your individual situation.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Lachman & Gorton know how to get you through this, and you can get started discussing your case with us free of charge.

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How to Prove Your Lung Condition Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits

Medical reports, test results and more documentation are what you need to get across the finish line of winning disability benefits.

You will need to collect:

  • Doctor’s reports documenting your struggle with lung disease
  • Breathing tests, blood tests and more
  • Medical imaging of your lungs
  • Details of treatment plans and their impact on your health
  • Supporting testimonials from friends, family, and people who know you and have witnessed your daily life with lung disease

You will then need to show Social Security that your condition:

  • Has ended your ability to work full-time
  • Prevents you from switching to a new line of work
  • Will keep you out of work for at least a year

If this sounds like a lot, that’s because it is.

But you can find someone to support you in this process.

The seasoned legal team at Lachman & Gorton guides you through every complicated step. Your wellness, financial stability, and overall ability to get the most out of life are our top concern.

Our Upstate New York disability lawyers can help you avoid common mistakes in the disability application process, and we can be there to appeal your case should Social Security deny your claim.

Don’t give up. You are worth every effort to get you to a more comfortable, more secure situation.

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