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Understanding disabling conditions: respiratory system

We have been taking in-depth looks at some of the specific illnesses that can make a person eligible to receive Social Security disability. In a recent post, we explored conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.

In this post, we will look at respiratory conditions. Basically speaking, respiratory diseases are those that affect a person's lungs, respiratory tract and other tissues that make it possible for a person to breathe. There are a wide range of conditions that are considered respiratory conditions, but not all of them qualify as disabling. 

The Social Security Administration outlines some of the illnesses that affect the respiratory system and may be covered under SSDI. These include:

  • Persistent lung infections
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Breathing disorders related to sleep
  • Lung transplant
  • Chronic pulmonary disease or insufficiency

Illnesses or diseases that affect the respiratory system in particular can be difficult to diagnose. This is because the symptoms of many respiratory conditions can look like a number of other conditions.

Because of this, it is important that people seek medical treatment and carefully document their care. This includes keeping track of medications, testing, hospital visits, as well as how the symptoms are affecting a person's ability to work.

When these conditions prove to be disabling, it can be crucial to pursue SSDI benefits. This support can help people get the medical care they need and cover basic expenses when a person is unable to work for at least one year. Whether a condition is temporary or permanent, it can be very difficult to treat, and the anxiety of financial strain during this time can make recovery even more challenging.

People who are struggling with a respiratory illness should remember that they have the right to consult an attorney to discuss the process of applying for SSDI. An attorney who understands the complicated Social Security system can help people navigate this system and avoid some potentially costly delays and errors.

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