If you recently received a heart transplant, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Hiring an experienced disability lawyer can improve your chances of getting benefits. The lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group have years of experience winning disability claims.
We talk to disabled Utahns every day, and strive to answer all of their questions. One question people sometimes ask is, “can I get Social Security disability benefits after a heart transplant?” Fortunately, the answer is often yes. This page explains exactly how you can get benefits in this situation.
The heart is one of your most vital organs. Transplants can be life-saving, but they require a lot of recovery time. Summit Disability Law Group can help you win benefits, which can remove some of your financial stress. Plus, you will not pay us anything unless we win your case!
Requirements to Get Disability Benefits after a Heart Transplant
The federal government designed the Social Security Disability Insurance program. This program provides benefits to American workers who become disabled and can no longer provide for themselves. The Social Security Administration reviews all SSDI applications, and you must meet their requirements to get benefits.
In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits after a heart transplant, you must meet the following standards set by the SSA:
- You received a heart transplant within the last year
The SSA’s “listing of impairments” specifically includes heart transplants as qualifying conditions, as long as you received yours within the past year. The SSA follows this requirement because transplant rejection and infection rates are higher during the first year after surgery.
If you meet this requirement, it is highly likely that you will receive Social Security disability benefits.
- You experience “residual impairments” that qualify on their own
If you received a transplant over 1 year ago, you may still be able to qualify for benefits based on your condition. This is because heart transplants are unfortunately not always completely successful. If you experience complications, side effects, or additional impairments because of your transplant, you could still qualify for benefits.
In order to get benefits, these “residual impairments” must meet one of the SSA’s listings on their own. Some common impairments after heart transplants that qualify include heart failure, cancer, and heart disease. These are just some of the many conditions that could qualify for benefits.
A skilled and experienced lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group can help you make sure your case meets the legal requirements!
How Social Security Disability Benefits Can Help You
There are many reasons why you should apply for benefits if you are disabled and can’t work. If you worked and paid Social Security taxes in the past, these benefits can “pay you back.” We speak to many potential claimants about how Social Security disability benefits can help. There are two major categories of benefits: cash and medical.
- Cash disability benefits
Cash benefits are what most people associate with the term “disability benefits.” They most often come in the form of monthly checks. While this monthly benefit will not replace all of the income you once earned, it can be very helpful in covering expenses.
The amount of your monthly cash payment will be determined by your past work history. In addition to these monthly checks, you can also receive “past-due” and “retroactive” benefits. Past-due benefits pay you for the months that you waited while your application was reviewed. Retroactive benefits pay you for the months you were disabled before you filed an SSDI application.
- Medical coverage benefits
As we mentioned before, we frequently speak to people who are considering applying for SSDI. Most of them are aware of cash benefits, but many don’t know that there are medical benefits, as well.
If you receive 24 months of SSDI benefits (including standard monthly checks, past-due, and retroactive payments), you are automatically enrolled in Medicare. This form of health coverage can be a big help in receiving necessary medical treatments.
Why Should I Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
If you want to apply for Social Security disability benefits after a heart transplant, the best thing that you can do for your case is hire an experienced lawyer. The disability claims process may seem simple enough, but it can quickly turn frustrating and confusing. At Summit Disability Law Group, we have years of experience navigating the claims process. We can help you.
Our absolute top priority as a law firm is helping disabled Utahns get SSDI benefits. We offer several different legal resources to help claimants feel confident during the process.
- Our “No Fee Guarantee” – no fees unless we win
Experience has taught us that people are often concerned about the costs of a lawyer. Some attorneys charge huge hourly fees to help with cases. However, we think there is a better way. We offer everyone our No Fee Guarantee, which means that you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your disability claim.
- Free SSDI claim consultation
Disability law is complex, and it is important to understand the details of your case. Speaking with a lawyer can help you understand your case and what your options are. We offer free claim consultations to anyone who is interested. Simply complete the free consultation form on the top of this page and we can schedule a time to speak with you!
- The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook
We wrote this free book so that disabled Utahns could learn about the SSDI claims process and how it works. The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook explains the law in simple and plain English. We invite you to order your absolutely free copy today by clicking here!
Contact an Experienced SSDI Lawyer in Utah Today
We are committed to providing compassionate and effective disability representation in Utah. Summit Disability Law Group will work harder than anyone to get you Social Security disability benefits after a heart transplant. If you are interested in a free consultation with an experienced SSDI lawyer, please contact us today!
You can contact our main Draper office by telephone at (801) 890-1030. In addition to this main office, we have locations in Bountiful and Orem. We can meet with you at any of these offices for your consultation. Or, we can meet with you at your home, at the hospital, or even over Skype, if that is more convenient!