Do you, or someone you love, suffer from severe heart disease? Are you unable to work because of it, and are worried about piles of medical bills?
If so, there is an option that may help. You may be eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. But, the Social Security Administration currently denies over three-quarters of initial applications. Hiring a lawyer could mean the difference between receiving SSD benefits or not, especially for those with heart disease.
Heart Disease Patients and SSD Eligibility
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. However, there are many types of heart disease, with many levels of severity. The Social Security Administration will only consider those with severe heart disease.
To be considered severe, your heart disease must:
- Prevent you from working full-time
- Have lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year
- Be life-threatening (especially when diagnosed with other diseases or disorders)
If you fit this description, you may qualify for SSD benefits. When the Social Security Administration evaluates your application, they will review your medical records and look for information about the history of your heart disease. You are more likely to qualify for SSD benefits if you suffer from several serious medical conditions. For example, if you had triple bypass heart surgery following a heart attack, and you also suffer from serious diabetes and depression, you will be more likely to qualify for SSD benefits than someone with moderate heart disease.
Basically, the Social Security Administration wants to see proof that your heart disease and other complications prevent you from holding any type of job – not just the job you held before. You should be under the care of a cardiologist, have an official diagnosis, and follow the prescribed treatment plan.
The Social Security Administration will also review your income and work history, and whether you paid into the Social Security system within the past five years. If you haven't worked enough – or recently enough – to qualify for SSD benefits, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
How Edgar Snyder & Associates Can Help
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've seen many times the ways patients and families suffer – physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially – when fighting a serious condition like heart disease.
Thousands of people suffering from disabilities and diseases are applying for SSD benefits every day. Because the Social Security Administration denies the majority of applications, hiring a lawyer could mean the difference between collecting SSD benefits or not.
When you hire our law firm, you can trust that we will work hard to get you the SSD benefits you need. From start to finish, we'll treat you with respect, answer your Social Security disability questions, and lead you through the confusing claims process.
If you haven't applied yet for SSD benefits and you have questions, we can help you apply. If your application was denied, it's crucial to act quickly. You have only 60 days to appeal. Otherwise, the process starts all over again.
We win the majority of appeals for our clients. We help you by:
- Gathering documents from your Social Security file
- Gathering medical records and reports
- Gathering other types of evidence for your claim
- Answering questions you may have
- Talking with your doctor about your heart disease and how it makes you unable to work
- Telling you what to expect at your Social Security hearing
- And more
Best of all, if you don't get approved for benefits – whether we help you apply or handle your appeal – you won't owe us anything. We guarantee it.
Get a No Obligation, Free Legal Consultation Today
If you, or someone you love, are dealing with severe heart disease and you want help applying for SSD benefits, or if your application was denied, contact us right away. Remember, you have only 60 days to file an appeal.
Call 412-394-1000, or fill out our no obligation, free legal consultation form.
Hiring an attorney may mean the difference between collecting SSD benefits or not. Edgar Snyder & Associates is ready to help.
For more information on Social Security disability benefits, check out our Social Security disability articles and resources.