If you are living with chronic heart failure, you may be able to successfully apply for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits help disabled individuals get by when they can’t work. The lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group can help you win your disability claim.
Heart problems affect many people, and they can have a significant negative impact on your life. Chronic heart failure is a particularly serious condition that can make it impossible to work and support yourself. This page explains how you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits with chronic heart failure.
If you have questions about the disability claims process, we can help you find answers. We offer free case consultations to anyone who is interested. Even if your claim has already been denied, we can help you build a successful appeal.
How to Qualify for Disability Benefits with Chronic Heart Failure
When you apply for “disability benefits,” you are really applying for Social Security Disability Insurance. This is the official name of the program, and it is run by the Social Security Administration. In order to qualify for benefits, your condition must meet the SSA’s severity requirements. For your convenience, we break down these requirements on this page.
You must meet the following guidelines to qualify for Social Security disability benefits with chronic heart failure.
- You must experience chronic heart failure while on a regimen of prescribed treatment
There are many prescription medications used to treat chronic heart failure. In order to qualify for benefits, you must continue to experience heart failure even while on medication. Some common medications include Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors.
- You must have medical evidence of systolic or diastolic failure
Systolic failure means that your heart can’t contract normally and pump out enough blood. Diastolic failure, on the other hand, means that your heart can’t relax normally and fill with enough blood. You only have to experience one of these two types of failure to qualify.
Medical evidence includes appropriate X-rays or other forms of imaging. Your doctor should know which type of images are necessary for your condition. Your medical history may also be used to determine if your heart failure is chronic.
- You must experience one of the following symptoms or side effects
Chronic heart failure can affect your ability to function in many ways. To qualify, you must experience one of the following limitations.
- General inability to complete daily activities due to heart failure symptoms. A medical consultant must also determine that you cannot safely perform an exercise test.
- Three or more episodes of heart failure within 12 months. These episodes must be acute and require medical assistance.
- Inability to perform an exercise tolerance test at 5 METs or less. 1 MET is the amount of oxygen you take in while resting.
The disability lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group know these requirements and will make sure your claim is as strong as possible.
Social Security Disability Benefits and How They Can Help You
Chronic heart failure, or congestive heart failure, is a common but serious condition. Symptoms range from breathing trouble to nausea to focus issues. If you live with chronic heart failure, you may not be able to work and earn an income. This is when Social Security disability benefits can help you.
The SSDI program aims to help disabled Americans who can no longer work and earn money on their own. If you worked and paid Social Security taxes before became disabled, you may qualify for benefits. In this way, the program “pays you back” for what you paid in.
- What kind of benefits are available?
If you qualify for SSDI, there are several different types of benefits you can receive. These benefits can be grouped into two major categories: cash and medical benefits.
Cash benefits are what most people know about Social Security disability benefits. Most often, potential clients are aware that they could eventually receive monthly checks. However, they do not also know that they could receive past-due and retroactive cash benefits.
Past-due benefits cover the months during which the SSA reviews your application. Retroactive benefits pay you for months you were disabled before you applied for benefits. Usually, these types of benefits are paid at once, in a lump sum.
Medical benefits are somewhat less familiar than cash benefits. Many claimants do not know that they could be eligible for medical benefits. Fortunately, you may be! If you receive 24 months of cash benefits (including past-due and retroactive payments) you are automatically enrolled in Medicare coverage.
If you work with us at Summit Disability Law Group, we will work to get you all of the SSDI benefits that you are eligible for.
Helpful Disability Claim Resources at Summit Disability Law Group
The disability claims process can be confusing and frustrating. That is why we offer several affordable legal resources to help disabled Utahns understand their cases. Summit Disability Law Group offers the following tools to help you win your claim.
- Our “No Fee Guarantee”
Over the years, we have spoken to many potential claimants who were worried about hiring a lawyer. For good reason, they thought it would be too expensive. Some firms charge very expensive hourly fees. But not us. We offer each client our “No Fee Guarantee.” This promise means that you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your disability case.
- Free disability claim consultations
You may know a lot about the disability claims process, or nothing at all. We offer free claim consultations so that you can learn more about your case. If you are interested in discussing your disability case with a legal professional, schedule a consultation with us today! You can do so by completing the consultation request form at the top-right of this page.
- The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook
We wrote The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook to help potential claimants understand their rights. This book explains disability law and the claims process in simple, easy to understand terms. You can order an absolutely free copy today by clicking here!
Contact a Social Security Disability Lawyer Today
Hiring an experienced Social Security disability lawyer may be the best possible thing you can do for your claim. At Summit Disability Law Group, we know the claims process inside and out and can make it work for you. If you would like to meet with us for a free consultation, please contact us today!
Our law firm’s main office is located in Draper, Utah. You can reach this office by phone at (801) 890-1030. If you can’t make it to Draper for a consultation, we can come to you! We have other office locations in Bountiful and Orem, and we can even meet with you at your home or over Skype if that is more convenient.
We look forward to representing your rights and helping you build your best case.