Does Asthma Keep You from Working? You May Qualify for Disability Benefits.
Imagine that you’ve just come back from a hard run, and you are given a straw to breathe through. That’s what it feels like when the air passages are inflamed because of asthma. No matter how hard you suck at the straw, you just can’t get enough air. Your chest hurts; you may feel light headed. If you don’t get help quickly, you could lose consciousness.
The U.S. Social Security Administration recognizes asthma as a disability and includes asthma in the Impairment Listings Manual. Under listing 103.03, only those who meet one of the following criteria can qualify for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) for asthma.
- You suffer from chronic asthmatic bronchitis.
- You experience frequent asthma attacks (one every 2 months or 6 times per year) that last one or more days and require a doctor’s care in the emergency room or hospital.
An applicant for SSDI with asthma in Massachusetts must meet five basic requirements:
- Your asthma must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.
- You must not earn more than $1,010 per month.
- Asthma must limit your ability to perform basic work activities.
- You must not be able to perform your most recent job because of the onset or worsening of your asthma.
- Your asthma must be severe enough to keep you from doing another type of work.
When you apply for SSDI for asthma you will need:
- A medical history showing emergency room visits and hospital stays for the treatment of asthma
- The results of a physical exam that shows you have an irreversible loss of pulmonary function
- A chest x-ray
Severe cases of asthma are likely to qualify for disability benefits as long as all of the above requirements are met. However, it is not uncommon for a claim from someone with asthma to be denied. Less than one-third of those who apply for SSDI are approved at the initial stage application process. The rest must appeal in order to receive benefits.
If you have been denied SSDI and you believe that your disability or combination of disabilities makes it impossible to hold a job, schedule a free consultation with one of our Massachusetts disability benefits attorneys. If you qualify, we can help you appeal your case with the evidence that you need to get approved. To schedule an appointment with Keefe Disability Law, call 888-904-6847.
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