Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits after a Lung Transplant?
If you recently underwent a lung transplant, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. The experienced lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group know how to help you win a claim for these benefits.
A lung transplant is a serious and life-changing procedure, and it can take a long time to fully recover. Long recovery times often lead to physical, emotional, and financial stress. When this stress comes, many people start to wonder if they can get Social Security disability benefits after a lung transplant. The answer is yes, and this page explains how you can.
Many different types of disease can lead to lung transplants, including cystic fibrosis. You can qualify for benefits after a transplant due to any cause. Summit Disability Law Group offers free case consultations, so that you can understand your chances if you apply. We also give each client our “No Fee Guarantee” – you will not pay us unless we win your disability claim.
How to Win a Claim for Disability Benefits after a Lung Transplant
In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, you must file an application. The official name for these benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. The Social Security Administration runs the SSDI program, and they will review your application for benefits. In order to win your claim, your medical condition must meet the SSA’s severity requirements.
For your convenience, we outline the requirements for receiving disability benefits after a lung transplant on this page. In order to qualify for benefits, you must meet the following guidelines.
- You received a single or double lung transplant within the past 3 years
The SSA’s list of qualifying conditions specifically includes lung transplants. In the listing, the SSA states that people who receive lung transplants should be considered disabled “for 3 years from the date of the transplant.”
So, if you receive a lung transplant on July 15th, 2017, the SSA will consider you disabled for 3 years from that date.
- If 3 years have passed since your transplant, you can still qualify if you are experiencing serious residual effects
Even if you received a lung transplant over 3 years ago, you can still qualify for benefits. The SSA states that after 3 years, they will review your “residual impairments.” This can mean many things. The SSA will consider residual effects such as the following.
- How well your new lung(s) function
- Any rejection of the transplant by your body
- Complications from the procedure
- Negative reactions to medication or other treatment
If any of these residual effects prevent you from returning to work and earning money, you may still qualify for disability benefits.
An SSDI attorney at Summit Disability Law Group can help you build a claim that meets all of the SSA’s requirements.
How Can Social Security Disability Benefits Help Me?
The Social Security Disability Insurance program is intended to help disabled Americans who can no longer work and earn money. If you had Social Security taxes withheld from your paycheck in the past, you may qualify. You paid into the system, now it is time for the system to pay you back.
You may know that SSDI offers monthly cash benefits. These monthly checks are what most people think of when they think of disability benefits. However, they are not the only type of benefits offered by SSDI. If you qualify for cash benefits, you may also qualify for helpful medical coverage benefits.
- Monthly cash benefits
If you are over 30 and worked at least 5 of the past 10 years, you may qualify for cash benefits. The standard type of SSDI cash benefits is a monthly check. This check can help you cover essential expenses month-to-month.
You may also be able to receive past-due and retroactive cash benefits. Past-due benefits cover the months that pass while the SSA reviews your application. Retroactive benefits cover the months that you were disabled before you applied.
- Medicare benefits
Serious disabilities often require regular medical treatment. This treatment can be expensive. Fortunately, the SSDI program offers health coverage benefits. Once you receive 24 months of disability benefits (including past-due and retroactive benefits), you are enrolled in Medicare.
These medical coverage benefits can help you receive the treatment you need.
If you work with Summit Disability Law Group, we will make sure that you will receive all of the benefits that you qualify for.
Disability Case Resources at Summit Disability Law Group
We are committed to helping disabled Utahns get SSDI benefits, because we understand how important they are. Through our years of experience, we have seen the difference these benefits can make in deserving people’s lives. Unlike many law practices, our firm only represents disability claimants.
Summit Disability Law Group offers all disability claimants the following legal resources.
- Free disability case consultations
Many people know that disability benefits exist, but few understand how the claims process works. We offer free consultations to help potential claimants understand their rights. During your consultation, we will discuss what you can expect from the process.
- No fees unless we win your SSDI claim
Some lawyers charge their clients massive hourly fees. We do not! You should only pay if your claim is successful and you get the benefits you need. This is why we offer our “No Fee Guarantee.” You will not pay us any fees unless we win your SSDI claim.
- Free book that explains the disability claims process
We wrote The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook so people could learn more about disability law on their own time. Our book breaks down the complicated claims process in simple terms, rather than the usual legal jargon.
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Contact a Utah Social Security Disability Lawyer Today
Summit Disability Law Group knows how to help you get Social Security disability benefits after a lung transplant. Even if you have already applied and been denied, we can help you you’re your strongest appeal. To discuss your case with an experienced disability lawyer today, please contact us or complete the consultation request form at the top of this page.
Our firm’s main office is located in Draper, and our phone number is (801) 890-1030. We also have locations in Orem and Bountiful. Consultations can be held at any of these offices, or wherever is most convenient for you. If you can’t make it to us, we are more than happy to come to you. Just let us know what works best.
Summit Disability Law Group hopes to help you get the benefits you need and deserve.