Pulmonary Fibrosis

Social Security Disability for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Social Security Disability For Pulmonary Fibrosis

Those who have the condition known as pulmonary fibrosis have lungs with scar tissue. That scar tissue then interferes with the ability of the lungs to provide enough oxygen.

This causes the person with this condition to have difficulty in breathing which then leads to chronic tiredness and coughing as well as a lack of appetite. This condition is one that is highly likely to get worse as time goes on.

Here we’ll take a look at getting Social Security disability for pulmonary fibrosis.

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Getting A Doctor’s Diagnosis for Pulmonary Fibrosis

There are different root causes of this condition and when a medical doctor is not sure how it began developing in you they will refer to it as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

There are a few ways that a doctor can test you to determine if you have it and to make a formal diagnosis. This includes giving you a chest x-ray, a CT scan, or by measuring the flow in your lungs using a spirometer.

Once you are formally diagnosed then the doctor will likely recommend that you take time off from work. Even in situations where the doctor hasn’t given this specific instruction, you may feel that you have to because of your current condition.

Once it has been determined by both you and your doctor that it is unlikely you can return to work for a year more then you should start thinking about putting in an application to receive disability benefits with Social Security.

How Long Will It Take To Get Approved For Disability?

In the best-case scenario, it will typically take three months are more to receive any type of response from SSA regarding the approval or rejection of the application. For those with pulmonary fibrosis, it might be disheartening to come to know that an estimated 70% of those who apply will be turned down.

Once that happens the process for appealing the rejection is even more lengthy. In fact, it can take two years or more.

The average person who has this condition and is no longer able to work can find having to wait anywhere from several months to 2 years or more could be literally devastating to their situation. They may not have the money to keep the place where they are living and they may find that it is difficult to get the medicine and other care that they need.

There are some cases where pulmonary fibrosis is so severe that the Social Security Administration needs to give that individual immediate attention. For that type of scenario, there is a program called Compassionate Allowance that is there for that particular situation.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Is One Of The 88 Conditions That Qualify For Fast Disability Approval

Because of how difficult pulmonary fibrosis can be and the fact that someone with it will be completely disabled in many cases, it has been approved for those that can get faster approval. It will require jumping through all the hoops that the Social Security Administration sets up for those applying for disability.

The average person will find the process frustrating and difficult and they often don’t know the best way to get approval successfully and as soon as possible. For this reason, it is often recommended that they get the assistance of a disability advocate for Pulmonary Fibrosis to help them with their application.

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If you or a loved one need help getting your disability claim approved, contact a GAR Disability Advocate today for a free consultation.

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