Asthma and Disability Benefits: Do I Qualify?

asthma and disability benefits

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night coughing and out of breath? Unfortunately, people with asthma regularly deal with experiences like this. Asthma is a common medical condition in Utah and across the country. Different factors trigger asthma in different people, but some common triggers include cold air, exercise, and pollen. Asthma symptoms can range from shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing, to tightness in the chest. At Summit Disability Law Group, we strive to help people understand their medical conditions and whether they can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. This post provides some information on asthma and disability benefits.

Asthma and Disability Benefits: Do I Have a Case?

In general, asthma is not severe enough to qualify for disability benefits. However, in exceptionally serious cases, you may be eligible for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

You may qualify for benefits if you live with a debilitating form of asthma. The Social Security Administration defines asthma as “a chronic inflammatory disorder of the lung airways.” During your case, the SSA will consider how it affects your daily functioning and your ability to work. The SSA will test how much air you can exhale in one second. If you fall below a certain threshold based on your height, sex, and age, you may qualify for benefits.

Living with Asthma: What You Can Do

If you have been living with asthma for a long period of time, you probably know well how to deal with its symptoms. If you are newly diagnosed with the condition, there are some lifestyle habits and changes that can help keep side effects in control. These include the following:

  • Always keep an inhaler close by!
  • Try to identify your personal asthma triggers, and then avoid them as much as possible.
  • Check up regularly with your doctor.
  • Avoid tobacco, and try to minimize your contact with smoke.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables that contain antioxidants.
  • Incorporate fish into your diet, and avoid saturated fats.
  • Warm up before exercising, and work to maintain a healthy body weight.

Each person is unique, and therefore your approach to combating your asthma may differ from these tips. But these are some universal suggestions that can help keep asthma at bay.

Do You Live with a Severe Form of Asthma? Contact Us Today!

If you have more questions about asthma and disability benefits, or think you may have a case, please contact us today! The lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group know the ins and outs of the SSDI program. We will help you understand your rights and what your case’s chances are. Additionally, you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your case!

If you would like to learn more about Social Security disability law, check out our book, The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook. This book explains the disability claims process in plain English, instead of the usual legal jargon. Order your free copy today by clicking above! We look forward to helping you get the benefits you deserve.


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