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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