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Circumstances Where the SSA Will Wait for Proof for Cardiac Disability Claims

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With coronary and heart disease at an all-time high according to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s no wonder that more and more sufferers are filing for disability benefits. However, with the increase in applicants, denials are also increasing. Although there are several reasons that a claim can be denied, one of the most common reasons is untimely evidence. 

The Social Security Administration requires that all claimants sufficiently prove that their ailments are severe enough to qualify for disability. However, if this “proof” is not received in a timely manner, or the evidence is out of date, the SSA disability panel will automatically deny the claim. This is why it is extremely important to know what you need to include in your claim and when to include it.  

SSA Wait Limit and Timeframes for Cardiac Disability Proof

The SSA suggests that you begin your filing process as soon as possible, as it could take several months for your claim to be reviewed, and even then it’s not guaranteed to be approved. Due to the amount of evidence required, filing can be a long process if you don’t have help. Consider hiring an experienced disability attorney to help speed the process along without compromising the claim’s validity. A good lawyer will also make sure that your claim (and all the documentation within) satisfies all the timeframes and potential deadlines the SSA has set.

These timeframes include:

  • Recent medical testing. All medical documentation must have been performed within 12 months of filing, provided there has been no change in your clinical status that may alter the severity of your cardiovascular impairment.
  • Witness statements. Statements from physicians and employers must be as recent as possible (over 12 months from filing date will most likely be excluded except for extreme cases).
  • Documentation and reports.  These must be included with claim at time of filing. In order to properly assess your claim, the panel needs as much information as possible at the time of filing.

However, certain exceptions apply whereupon the panel will allow an additional three month period to introduce new evidence. If your claim shows proof that your impairment is not yet stable and the expected change in your impairment might affect the outcome of the claim, the panel will wait to properly evaluate the severity and duration of your impairment during a stable period. These exceptions include:

  • If you recently had an acute event (heart attack, stroke, etc.)
  • If you recently had a corrective cardiac procedure (surgery, shunt placement, etc.)
  • If you’ve started taking a new drug and your response to this treatment has not yet been established

Your Thoughts?

We know that filing for disability can be extremely confusing and frustrating to those who have never done it before, especially when having to deal with an ailment. However, we can’t know what our clients’ (and potential clients’) thoughts and concerns are unless they make those thoughts known.

If you have questions, thoughts, or experiences that pertain to cardiac disability or the filing of a disability claim, please let us know by leaving them in the comment section. Not only will you help us learn more about societal opinions, but your experiences could also help our clients get the extra knowledge, foresight, and reassurance they desire during this difficult time in their lives.

Remember, they’re just as scared and uncertain as you are, but you can give them the support they need while also receiving the camaraderie you need from them. Please, let us know what your disability inquiries, concerns, and thoughts are, and we’ll do our best to address them.


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John L. Keefe
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