People with asthma can have difficulty breathing properly because of abnormal contractions of the bronchial tubes. Symptoms of this disorder include chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and having shortness of breath. A lot of sources can trigger an asthma attack, too, including irritants in the air, allergies, cold air, exercise and cold viruses. Even emotional upsets can bring about an asthma attack, and some attacks occur without an apparent reason.
Though medication can often be used to treat asthma, some patients experience episodes that are disabling, despite having undergone treatment. These instances are rare, but they can make it impossible for an individual to maintain full-time employment. If you are experiencing asthma in Illinois, a Chicago disability lawyer will be able to help you determine if you can maintain disability benefits from the SSA.
The SSE (Social Security Administration) will, when deciding if you are eligible to collect disability benefits due to asthma, check first to make sure that you are not earning more than $1090 per month. They will also make sure that your inability to work because of asthma lasts for 12 months or more. The SSA will see if your symptoms match their official asthma disability listing after you pass these initial tests for screening.
If you can meet all the criteria the SSA establishes for asthma, your disability benefits claim will automatically be approved. These requirements include first being diagnosed with chronic asthma, then at least fulfilling one of these conditions:
You will have to undergo a spirometry test in order to prove that you have chronic asthmatic bronchitis and meet the listing requirements for asthma. This kind of test measures how much air you breathe both in and out and the rate at which you breathe. The disability requirements stipulate that you must measure how much air you are able to force out in one second. You will also need to prove to the SSA that you have been experiencing the required symptoms for 12 consecutive months, via medical records showing hospitalizations, treatments you received and testimony from your doctor in regards to your compliance towards treatment for asthma.
If you experience asthma and think you could qualify for disability benefits, an experienced Chicago disability lawyer will help you navigate how to proceed. Contact Disparti Law Group today to start on the path towards the benefits you deserve.