It’s a terrible feeling. Without exerting yourself, you feel out of breath and exhausted by just trying to get the oxygen you need. Chronic breathing conditions can leave you feeling suffocated both physically and emotionally.
You want to keep working, but getting through the day is more difficult for you than it is for your co-workers. You struggle to stay afloat with all of your tasks because your mind is bogged down with having to focus on catching your breath. If you have a chronic breathing problem, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be able to help.
Qualifying for SSDI in New Hampshire With a Chronic Breathing Problem
You may have heard how difficult it is to get Social Security disability insurance in New Hampshire, so you put off applying. Now, your condition has worsened and you need help.
Although qualifying for SSDI is difficult, there are a number of chronic illnesses listed as conditions eligible for benefits. Here are some of the most common, and how you can know if you meet the requirements for approval.
- Chronic Pulmonary Insufficiency or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). This is perhaps the most common respiratory condition that keeps people from working. The results of a spirometery test determine whether you qualify with COPD. For example, you must show that your spirometery test had a level of FEV1 equal to or less than what it should be based on your height. You may also qualify if you can show that your lungs cannot oxygenate your blood correctly. The qualification specifications are very technical. It is a good idea to talk to your doctor to determine if you meet the listing.
- Asthma. If you suffer from chronic asthma, you might qualify for SSDI. If you experience regular, persistent, and long-lasting asthma attacks, even in spite of treatment, you might be eligible. When applying for SSDI, it is important to show how your asthma attacks impact your ability to work. This will increase your chances of being approved.
- Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a complicated condition. You must meet several qualifying criteria to qualify for SSDI. The reviewer will take into consideration your FEV1 results, how often you have respiratory difficulty, and how often you have infections. They will also consider how you have tried to treat your condition so that you may continue to work.
Chronic respiratory conditions can wreak havoc on your life at home, and in the workplace. Having SSDI in New Hampshire can help you breathe a little bit easier.
Applying for SSDI in New Hampshire With a Chronic Condition
Applying for the benefits you need is not as easy as you might think. If you are not sure if you qualify, or how to fill out your application in the best way possible, we encourage you to fill out our contact form on this page to get in touch with one of our New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyers. We will get back to you and give you guidance so that you can maximize your chances at being approved.