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Respiratory Conditions

Which Conditions Qualify?

Section 3.00 of the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (the SSA’s “Blue Book”) describes some of the conditions which may qualify a person for benefits. The respiratory disorders recognized by the SSA must result in either breathing obstruction (taking in air), restriction (expelling air), or diffusion (gas exchange across cell membranes).

Section 3.00 of the Blue Book lists only the most common and severe breathing conditions. Individuals whose condition (or symptoms) are not listed should reference this section and assess which listing is medically equivalent to their condition in terms of effect and severity. Cancers, neuromuscular, and autoimmune disorders which affect the respiratory system are addressed in sections 11.00, 13.00, and 14.00 of the Blue Book.

Which Respiratory Conditions Qualify for Disability?

Few conditions automatically qualify a person to receive disability benefits. In most cases, the severity of a person’s symptoms and their ability to substantiate those claims with evidence are essential factors in the SSA’s determination of benefits.

Examples of conditions which may qualify a person for disability benefits include:

  • Chronic Pulmonary insufficiency (CPI)
  • Chronic pulmonary hypertension
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Lung Transplants

Identifying the correct listing, collecting medical documentation, and submitting a complete application can become a challenging process for many without the assistance of an SSDI lawyer in Knoxville, TN. That’s where our team at Drozdowski & Rabin, PLLC steps in.

What Forms of Evidence Will the SSA Review?

The SSA evaluates every application for Social Security Disability Insurance based on the medical evidence and testimony submitted by the applicant. A wide view of the applicant’s relevant medical history helps make their degree of occupational functioning clear.

Depending on the condition(s) referenced in the application, the evidence may need to include imaging, the findings of physical examinations, pulmonary functioning tests, and other relevant lab tests. A qualified attorney who is familiar with the SSA’s requirements can help identify what is needed before you submit your application and request documentation on your behalf.

Speak With Our SSDI Lawyers in Knoxville, TN

Our law office can help those who are making an initial application or an appeal. The disability benefits system can be challenging to navigate without the assistance of qualified counsel, and securing legal counsel can make a significant difference in terms of both timing and success.

Our law office strives to make legal support accessible to everyone seeking Social Security disability benefits. Schedule a free consultation today with our SSDI lawyer in Knoxville, TN to explore your options for application or appeal.

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