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SSD Lawyer for Heart Problems in Fairhope, Alabama

Heart problems are a significant problem in the United States. Per the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men alike, causing one death every 37 seconds. Whether your condition is one you were born with or one you acquired, your ability to work has likely suffered drastically. However, navigating the process of filling for disability payments is confusing and often frustrating.

ssd for heart problemsWith the help of an experienced disability attorney, you can get through the SSD application process easily and in less time. Whether you’re applying for the first time or contesting an appeal, we are here to help. Reach out online or call 251-455-5819 to discuss your case.

Heart Condition Symptoms

Part of applying for disability is proving that you are too disabled to work. If working elevates your heart rate to an unsafe level, leaves you too exhausted to function, or otherwise puts your health in even greater danger, you may be able to get disability or appeal a denial. You may find it helpful to document your symptoms and when they occur. Symptoms to track include:

  • Persistent chest pain and discomfort
  • Cold sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pain in the extremities (may indicate poor blood flow)
  • Nausea

Tracking these symptoms and reporting them to your practitioner can also help you get the diagnostic care and treatment you need to prove the extent of your disability.

Heart Disorders That Count as Disabilities

The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book is a list of disabilities that allow applicants to qualify for SSDI. Generally, these conditions are those that limit your physical ability to work. Qualifying heart conditions include:

  • Aneurysm. Aneurysms occur when a bulge appears in an artery wall. When the bulge ruptures, it causes massive internal bleeding. Aneurysms that rupture near the heart are especially dangerous for patients.
  • Chronic heart failure. A persistent inability to pump blood throughout the body is what defines chronic heart failure. The heart is not strong enough to contract efficiently and pump blood to the body.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency. While chronic heart failure involves a failure to pump blood efficiently, chronic venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins cannot return blood to the heart. Though this is a heart condition, it causes serious pain in the lower body.
  • Congenital heart disease. When an individual is born with a deformed or malfunctioning heart, they suffer from congenital heart disease. It can lead to poor blood flow in the lungs and lower oxygen levels.
  • Heart transplant. After a patient receives a heart transplant, they are legally considered disabled for 12 months.
  • Ischemic heart disease. This condition is when one or more coronary arteries are partially blocked. The risk for a heart attack is extremely high.
  • Peripheral vascular disease. Peripheral vascular disease develops as the result of blocked or partially blocked veins and arteries. Because of the blockages, blood is unable to reach the lower body. This leaves individuals unable to stand or walk comfortably, obviously limiting their ability to work.
  • Recurrent arrhythmia. An irregular heartbeat can cause serious health issues, making it a qualifying SSDI condition. People with recurrent arrhythmia generally have pacemakers, which can make work dangerous or more challenging.

How to Apply

Applicants for SSD must go through a rigorous process to apply for aid. To qualify, you must have at least 40 credits of work, 20 of which must be in the 10 years prior to your application. You gain a quarter when you earn a specific amount of money, which is set each year. Since you can earn up to four quarters in one year, you must have worked at least five of the previous 10 years to apply for SSDI.

The Social Security Administration evaluates applicants in a variety of ways beyond their work experience. Your disability must qualify under their definition, and your age, work history, education, and other factors may be used to determine whether or not you are truly incapable of working.

You can expect them to go through your medical records to look for evidence that you are able to work with your condition. Those with chronic conditions, compared to heart attack victims, often find it difficult to prove that they are actually disabled enough to get benefits.

For many people, the process ends when their SSD application is denied. Many people are under the misconception that a disability denial is the end of the road. However, the system tends to reward those who are persistent in their efforts.

A denial does not necessarily mean that you are not disabled enough to qualify for assistance; it simply means that an initial look at your application did not prove your case. By going through the appeals process, you can fight for the compensation you deserve.

This can be challenging for those with heart issues, since the stress of navigating governmental programs and trying to prove disability can tax an already-overworked heart. This is why it’s helpful to consult a disability attorney.

At Walton Law, we focus exclusively on helping people get the SSD and SSI support they deserve. Thanks to our extensive experience in this area, we know what it takes to navigate the system successfully and help disabled individuals get the benefits they deserve.

Whether you are just beginning the disability application process, or you’ve been denied and you’re trying to figure out your next step, discussing your case with an attorney can help you keep moving forward.

Get the Legal Assistance You Need at Walton Law

The Social Security system was created to help aging and disabled people get the benefits they need to live a full life, but the system often turns away those in desperate need of benefits. We are here to help. From the very first step of the application process to filing appeals on your behalf, the team at Walton Law will be with you every step of the way. We know how important disability benefits are for those who are unable to work, and we’re committed to helping people in your position. Schedule your consultation now by calling us at 251-455-5819 or reaching out online.

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