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Yes, it is possible to receive disability benefits for cystic fibrosis in certain circumstances. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to individuals who cannot work due to a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year.
To qualify for disability benefits due to cystic fibrosis, a person must meet the criteria outlined in the SSA’s Blue Book listing for Respiratory System Disorders under section 3.04. This includes having chronic pulmonary insufficiency with a forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) value that is less than or equal to the minimum value specified for the individual’s age, gender, and height. FEV1 is used to assess lung function.
Along with meeting the medical criteria, a person must also have a work history that meets the SSA’s requirements for disability benefits when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which includes having earned sufficient work credits and the inability to earn a livable wage due to their medical condition.
Individuals with cystic fibrosis may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is similar to SSDI in providing financial support, but SSI doesn’t require a work history. Regardless of which program you are eligible for, the SSDI and SSI programs require that you are unable to work because due to cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, digestive system, and other organs, causing the production of thick, sticky mucus that can lead to infections and other health problems. It is caused by a mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, which provides instructions for making a protein that regulates the movement of salt and water in and out of cells in the body.
Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disorder, meaning a person must inherit two copies of the mutated CFTR gene to develop the condition. If a person inherits only one copy of the mutated gene, they are considered carriers of the condition but do not typically experience symptoms.
Some other causes of cystic fibrosis may include exposure to cigarette smoke, pollution, and other environmental toxins, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise. Cystic fibrosis disability can also cause other potentially disabling conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
Those with cystic fibrosis disability may experience a range of severe and debilitating symptoms. Some of the common signs and symptoms of the disease include:
To apply for disability benefits due to cystic fibrosis, it’s important to carefully follow the application process outlined by the SSA. Some of the steps are as follows:
Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and progressive condition with no known cure. However, there are a variety of treatments available that can help manage symptoms, slow disease progression, and improve quality of life.
It is often necessary to provide documentation about your treatment history when applying for Social Security disability benefits. If you have severe cystic fibrosis, reports from doctors about the impact of the disease on your daily activities and ability to work can be particularly important.
Your initial application may get denied due to a variety of reasons. In such cases, you may want to seek legal help from the experienced Disability Lawyers in Philadelphia who can help you appeal the denial and gather the necessary evidence to support your case.
If you’re struggling with a disabling condition and need help with Social Security disability benefits, get in touch with Chermol & Fishman, LLC for a free case consultation by calling 215-464-7200.
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