Pulmonary hypertension can be very serious and prevent you from working. If this happens to you, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The disability lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group can help you get these benefits.
It is possible to receive Social Security disability benefits with pulmonary hypertension. In order to do so, you must file an application that shows how severe your condition is. Our attorneys work every day to help disabled Utahns file successful applications. To help you understand your case, this page outlines the requirements for successful pulmonary hypertension claims.
Summit Disability Law Group is committed to providing the best disability representation in Utah. If you have questions about the claims process, we can help you find answers. If you work with us, you will not pay us any legal fees unless we get you the benefits you need.
Filing a Successful Application for Disability Benefits with Pulmonary Hypertension
The Social Security Administration manages the Social Security Disability Insurance program. This program is what most people think of when they think, “Social Security disability benefits.” In order to qualify for SSDI, you must file a successful application. In order to do this, you must show that your condition meets the SSA’s severity requirements.
Pulmonary hypertension, in general, means high blood pressure in the lungs. In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits with pulmonary hypertension, you must meet the following requirements.
- You must be diagnosed with chronic pulmonary hypertension
There are many different types of pulmonary hypertension. You can qualify for benefits if you have any type of the disease, as long as it is medically diagnosed and severe enough.
Pulmonary hypertension is usually diagnosed through pulmonary artery catheterization. This involves placing a long, thin tube with a balloon at the tip through a vein. A doctor can use this to test blood pressure in the heart and lungs. Medical images like X-rays may also be used to confirm a diagnosis.
- Medical tests must show very high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery
To qualify for benefits, pulmonary artery catheterization must show high blood pressure in the lungs. The catheterization test must take place when you are medically stable. This means that you have not changed medications recently, or had any recent infections, complications, or hospitalizations.
Pulmonary blood pressure is pressure in the pulmonary artery, which transports blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. If tests show that your average pulmonary blood pressure is 40 mm Hg or greater, you may qualify for benefits.
A successful disability claim is all about the details. An experienced disability lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group will work with you and your doctors to make sure that you have the test results and other evidence you need.
Other Important Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits
Severe pulmonary hypertension alone is not enough to qualify for disability benefits. The SSDI program is designed to help disabled Americans who previously worked and paid Social Security taxes. So, a work history is required in addition to a severe disability.
How much do you need to work to qualify for disability benefits with pulmonary hypertension? If you are 30 years old, you generally need to have worked at least 5 of the past 10 years. In more specific terms, you need to have worked 20 out of the past 40 quarters. For each quarter you work, you earn a “credit.” Once you earn 20 credits, you may qualify for SSDI.
The amount of your monthly benefit may vary depending on your work and income history.
What Types of Disability Benefits are Available?
When most people think of Social Security disability benefits, they think of monthly checks. It is true that cash benefits are an essential part of SSDI, but they are not the only benefits available. SSDI recipients can also qualify for medical coverage benefits.
- Cash benefits
If you receive SSDI benefits, you will begin to receive a monthly check. This monthly check is intended to help you cover essential expenses. It will not replace all of your lost income, but it will provide significant help.
Since you likely were unable to work before you applied for benefits, you can receive retroactive cash benefits. These retroactive benefits cover months that you were disabled before you applied for SSDI. You can also receive past-due benefits for the months during the application process.
- Medical coverage benefits
Once you receive 24 months of SSDI cash benefits, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare. This health coverage benefit can help when you need important medical treatments or procedures.
If you choose to work with Summit Disability Law Group, we will make sure that you get all of the benefits that you are eligible for.
Why Should I Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
As we mentioned before, the disability claims process can be very frustrating. The majority of applications are denied at the first stage. However, a disability lawyer can help you make your case as strong as possible and increase your chances of success. We can also help you file a successful appeal if you have been denied.
One of our top priorities at Summit Disability Law Group is providing affordable representation. We understand that the thought of huge fees scares people away from hiring lawyers. If you work with us, you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your claim! This is our “No Fee Guarantee.”
In addition to our No Fee Guarantee, we offer the following resources to all potential clients.
- Free SSDI case consultations
You deserve to hear a professional perspective on your case without making any commitments. So, we offer free case consultations to disabled Utahns who are considering an SSDI application. These consultations come with no strings attached. We will discuss your case, and then you can make a personal, informed decision about what to do next.
- The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook
We wrote a free book about the disability claims process to help disabled Utahns understand their rights. This book is called The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook. It breaks down the claims process into simple, plain terms instead of legal jargon.
You can order your absolutely free copy today by clicking here.
Contact a Utah Disability Attorney Today
If you think you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits with pulmonary hypertension, we can help you! Summit Disability Law Group is completely committed to helping Utahns win their SSDI claims. You can be confident that your case has our full attention and concern. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!
The telephone number for our main Draper office is (801) 890-1030. We also have office locations in Orem and Bountiful. Your consultation can take place at any of these offices. Or, we can come to you if that is more convenient! We can discuss your case with you at your home, at the hospital, or over Skype. Simply let us know what is best for you.
No one will work harder than Summit Disability Law Group to get you the disability benefits you deserve!