Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits for Heart Transplant | Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney

The Social Security Administration provides for an award of Social Security disability benefits for a cardiac transplant under Listing 4.09.

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Heart transplants are one of the most common operations performed in the United States as a result of heart failure caused by coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, heart valve disease with congestive heart failure, severe heart disease, or life threatening abnormal heartbeats.

Heart transplants do carry major risks, including the risk of infection and the development of deep vein thrombosis. The recovery period after surgery is about six weeks.

Drugs that prevent transplant rejection have to be taken because fighting rejection is an ongoing life long process. Your body’s immune system considers a transplanted organ to be like an infection. Drugs such as cyclosporine and corticosteriods have significant side effects that reduce your body’s immune responses.

You may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits while awaiting the transplant. The Social Security Administration will consider heart transplants to be disabling for a one-year following surgery. However, they will then re-evaluate you for residual problems including exertional and non exertional impairments. I think it’s helpful to keep a log of the problems that you have with your activity level and side effects of medication to develop your impairments.

If you are going to have a heart transplant, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. Contact Tampa based attorneys Cavey & Barrett for more information regarding this serious, life-altering matter.

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