Social Security Disability and Lung Cancer

The most common cause of cancer death is lung cancer according to the American Lung Association. Lung cancer is a malignant tumor in the lung that destroys the healthy lung tissue that can spread throughout your body. Lung cancer is hard to detect in it’s early stages and it’s called a silent killer for that reason. It may take years for your lung cancer to grow and there will be no symptoms

In 2010, more than 222,000 new cases were diagnosed and 157,000 American’s died from lung cancer.Lung Cancer Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration has a specific listing for cancer of the lung and if you have been diagnosed with having cancer, you should immediately apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

Nancy Cavey, Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney, has written the go to guide called Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits that’s available to help all Social Security Disability applicants understand the Social Security Disability insurance evaluation process and the requirements that you must meet to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

If you meet a Social Security listing for lung cancer, you will be eligible for benefits at Step Three of the Five Step Sequential Evaluation.

Unfortunately, if your cancer doesn’t meet a medical listing at Step Three of the sequential evaluation, the Social Security Administration will go on to determine if you have ability to do past work based on your residual functional capacity.

If the Social Security Administration determines that you can’t do your past work, than your residual functional capability, or what you are physically capable to doing, will be used to determine if you are able to do other work based on your age, education and past relevant work.

You can contact lung cancer Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey to learn more about the Social Security Disability claim’s process or to schedule a free Social Security Disability evaluation. Call her at 727.894.3188 today.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

If You Have Emphysema and Don’t apply for Social Security Disability Benefits You’ll Hate Yourself Later

If you suffer from Emphysema, one of the group of diseases known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if you can no longer work.

Emphysema Social Security Disability Benefits

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About 17 million people in the United States suffer from COPD, which damages your lung tissues. Because of the damage, air is trapped in your lungs and your body just don’t get enough oxygen.

If you suffer from Emphysema you might have:

  1. Loss of weight and appetite
  2. Fatigue
  3. A mild chronic cough

Unfortunately, these symptoms can progress to respiratory problems that are much like the cold or the flu.

If your physician has told you that you can no longer work because you suffer from Emphysema, you need to immediately apply for Social Security Disability benefits. If those benefits have been denied, you should appeal that denial by contacting St. Petersburg, Social Security Disability attorney, Sharon Barrett, who specializes in representing Emphysema sufferers in their Social Security Disability claims. Give us a call if your claim has been denied at 727-894-3188 today.

If you don’t apply or even appeal the denial of your Social Security benefits based on Emphysema, you may hate yourself later when you can no longer work and support your family and get the medical treatment you need.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders | Lakeland Social Security Disability Lawyer

You might be entitled to social security benefits for sleep related breathing problems. A sleep related breathing disorder is caused when you periodically stop breathing while sleeping. An awesome article about Breathing Related Sleep Disorders was written by Dr. Mary E. Catletto at eMedicine.com.

This article explains what causes sleep related breathing disorders, what a doctor looks for on physical examination, common complaints and symptoms, the studies that are done to diagnosis this condition, and how it is treated.

For Social Security disability purposes, a disturbed sleep pattern and associated chronic nocturnal hypoxemia can cause daytime sleepiness, chronic pulmonary hypertension, and disturbances in your cognitive functioning.

Daytime sleepiness can affect your memory, orientation, and personality. The Social Security administration will want to see your longitudinal medical treatment records to evaluate your mental functioning. If you’re having difficulty with gainful work, the Social Security administration will want to see the physiological basis for your impairment which may be chronic cor pulomole which I have discussed in an earlier posting.

Chronic hypoxemia due to episodic apnea can also cause pulmonary hypertension.

The Social Security administration will evaluate a sleep related breathing disorders under Listing 3.09 Chronic Cor Pulmonale.

If you fall asleep during the day you might have a disturbance in your cognitive abilities and functioning. The Social Security administration will evaluate any impairment of your cognitive functioning under Organic Mental Disorder Listings 12.02.

Before you file a claim for Social Security disability benefits for a sleep-related breathing disorder, I suggest you keep a diary or log of the problems you are having sleeping, how long you sleep, whether you fall asleep during the day and what problems you have with concentration and memory and your personality as a result of your sleeping problems. I am sure that a family member can help you with that log and I suggest that they keep their own diary. Be sure to submit that with your claim materials and keep a copy for your records.

Another thing you can do to tip the odds in your favor is to consult an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett.

Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Pneumoconiosis | Indian Rocks Beach Social Security Disability Attorney

If you have pneumoconiosis, you can get Social Security benefits.

Pneumoconiosis is a term that describes lung diseases that include, but is not limited to, coal-worker’s pneumoconiosis or BLACK LUNG disease. Pneumoconiosis is caused by breathing in dust from COAL, graphite, man-made carbon, IRON, SILICA, BAUXITE, ALUMINUM, cotton, diacetyl, ASBESTOS, and other particulant matter. The symptoms include shortness of breath or chronic cough. It complications can include failure of the right side of your heart or pulmonary tuberculosis. An excellent article on this disease is found at MEDLINEplus here.

Pneumoconiosis is evaluated under the criteria found in listing 3.02 Chronic Pulmonary Insufficiency.

The Social Security administration will evaluate the severity of the obstruction by using a chart based on your height and forced expiratory volume (FEV1) results from spirometric testing. For example, if you are 72 inches tall without shoes, your FEV1 must be equal to or less than 1.65.

The appropriate testing must establish that you have meet Table I of Listing Of Impairments 3.02 to be granted Social Security disability benefits.

If you have Pneumoconiosis and think you should file for social security benefits, please contact Nancy Cavey by clicking here or calling 727.894.3188.

Listing of impairments – Social Security Benefits and Bronchiectasis | St. Pete Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

Can you get Social Security disability benefits for bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a destruction and widening of the large airways caused by a recurrent inflammation or infection. You can be born with it or it can develop as a complication from infection.

Cystic fibrosis causes 50% of all bronchiectasis. Recurrent lung infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, or fungal infections can predispose you to bronchiectasis.

Symptoms can include chronic cough, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue, coming of fingers, wheezing, illness, or breath odor.

It is diagnosed based on a chest x-ray, chest CT, sputum culture, CBC, sweat test, or other cystic fibrosis testing, serum immunoglobulin analysis and testing for antibodies to fungus aspergillus.

For more information about bronchiectasis, go to Medline plus.

The Social Security administration requires that bronchiectasis be demonstrated by appropriate imaging techniques.

For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration’s Listing 3.07, the claimant must have:

  1. Impairment of pulmonary function due to extensive disease. This is evaluated under the criteria found in listing 3.02 Chronic Pulmonary Insufficiency; OR
  2. Episodes of bronchitis, pneumonia, blood streaked sputum or respiratory failure, as appropriately documented, requiring physician intervention, occurring at loose once every two months or at lease six times a year. Each inpatient hospitalization for longer than 24 months for treatment counts as two episodes. An evaluation of at least 12 consecutive months must be used to determine the frequency of episodes.

If you meet these requirements, you can claim Social Security disability for bronchiectasis. You should consult Florida Social Security lawyer Nancy Cavey for assistance.

You can also check out the listing here.

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