Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Cystic fibrosis | Pinellas County Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you have cystic fibrosis you most likely will be entitled to Social Security Benefits.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system which is caused by a defective gene. The body produces an unusually thick sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and can lead to infections. It also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes in helping the body break down and absorb food.

These symptoms can include:

  1. Salty tasting skin;
  2. Persistent coughing;
  3. Frequent lung infections;
  4. Wheezing and shortness of breath;
  5. Poor growth/weight gain in spite of the good appetite;
  6. Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficult bowel movements.

For more information about cystic fibrosis, I would suggest you visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website here.

The Social Security administration wants to see confirmation of the diagnosis based on elevated sweat sodium concentration or chloride concentration accompanied there a by one or more of the following — the presence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, insufficiency of the exocrine pancreatic function, meconium ileus, or a positive family history.

The pulmonary manifestations are evaluated under Listing of Impairments 3.04. The non-pulmonary aspects of cystic fibrosis are evaluated under the Digestive Body System Listing 5.00. The combined effects of the involvement of both the respiratory and digestive systems must be considered.

For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration’s Listing 3.04, the claimant must have:

  1. An FEV1 (forced expiratory volume) equal to or less than the appropriate value specified in a table IV found at Listing 3.04 corresponding to the individual’s height without shoes. For example, a Social Security disability applicants who is 71 inches or more without shoes must have an FEV of 2.05; OR
  2. Episodes of bronchitis, pneumonia, blood streaked sputum or respiratory failure meeting certain documentation requirements, requiring physician intervention, occurring at least once every two months or at lease six times a year. Each inpatient hospitalization for longer than 24 hours for treatment counts as two episodes. An evaluation period of at least 12 consecutive months must be used to determine the frequency of the episodes; OR
  3. Persistent pulmonary infection accompanied by recurrent symptomatic episodes of increased bacterial infection that occur at least once every six months. These superimposed episodes must require intravenous or nebulixation antimicrobial therapy.

Cystic fibrosis claims can be won with the appropriate documentation that meets Listing of Impairments -Section 3.04 and the assistance of a Tampa Social security disability attorney like Nancy Cavey. You can check out the listing by clicking here.

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