Long-Term Disability Benefits and Emphysema
Emphysema, also known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic disease affecting the lungs which causes difficulty breathing because of a deterioration of the tiny air sacs, or alveoli, in the lungs. There are treatments for emphysema, but unfortunately there is no cure. Treatment reduces the symptoms of fatigue, coughing, and frequent respiratory infections. However, some individuals still suffer symptoms which are severe enough to qualify them for long-term disability benefits.
The Indiana long-term disability attorneys of Hankey Law Office, believe that anyone who is unable to work because of a disability should obtain the benefits for which they are eligible. To speak with an attorney who can help you through your application or appeal, contact us by calling (800) 520-3633 today.
Process of Applying for Benefits
Applying for disability benefits for emphysema can be difficult because there is no specific listing for emphysema. However, it does qualify under the listing for respiratory illnesses. Qualifying for benefits depends on the severity of your symptoms and how much they affect daily living and your ability to carry out functions necessary to do work. Some steps to take when applying for benefits include:
- Provide documentation of a medical diagnosis of emphysema
- Provide evidence of how the emphysema has substantially prevented you from carrying out the tasks necessary for work
- Provide a treatment history and how it has helped you (or not helped you) over time
- Provide pulmonary function test results that show the severity of your condition
Following these steps can help you get closer to getting the benefits you need.
If you are in need of long-term disability benefits for your emphysema, contact the Indiana long-term disability attorneys of Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can help you get the benefits you need.