Qualifying and Applying for SSDI
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for approving disability claims. They assess claims by referencing the Blue Book, a guide which lists and describes disabilities and disorders. The Blue Book helps the SSA determine whether or not claimants qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The fourth category listed in the Blue Book is dedicated to cardiovascular related impairments.
The category allotted for cardiovascular disabilities and disorders is divided into eight sections. These include the following:
- Chronic Heart Failure
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Recurrent Arrhythmias
- Symptomatic Congenital Heart Disease
- Heart Transplant
- Aneurysm of Aorta or Major Branches
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits under the cardiovascular impairments category will require extensive documentation. This is necessary for the SSA to determine how severely a claimant is affected by his or her disability.
Documentation can include laboratory studies, physical exams, history of prescribed treatment(s) plus the following responses to said treatment(s), and other medical records. The Social Security Administration will need to see a medical assessment by a doctor. They will also want proof of how long the disability has been affecting the claimant.
The SSA may require a claimant to complete certain medical tests to determine the severity of their condition or support their diagnosis. The SSA will also postpone making a decision on a claim if the claimant has recently experienced an event which may impact their condition; i.e. a heart attack or new drug therapy treatment. This is because a claimant’s physical limitations, needs, and symptoms might change following said event.
Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be unable to take part in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). This means you are unable to work and cannot provide for yourself due to your condition.
Filing a claim with the SSA for Social Security Disability Insurance is a tricky process. You have to know precisely what kind of documentation to provide, gather that necessary documentation, and then provide it on time.
It is difficult going head to head with the SSA, and most initial disability claims are denied. Hiring a qualified, experienced Social Security Disability attorney can dramatically increase your chances of getting the benefits you need and deserve.
SSI & SSDI Appeal Attorney in Bakersfield, CA
If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, contact the experienced and trustworthy law offices of Peña & Bromberg today. We will work to help you get the benefits you deserve. Whether you need to appeal a denied claim or are just starting the application process, Peña & Bromberg are here for you.