Social Security Disability Benefits and Heart Attacks | Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Attorney

No. 50 – I’ve had a heart attack. Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

A heart attack occurs when there’s an interruption in the blood supply to some part of your heart. You may have symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, angina pressure or complication, nausea, and vomiting.

Cardiac therapy can include oxygen, pain relievers, blood thinners, or even surgery.

Individuals who have heart attacks may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If your heart condition satisfies the requirements of the conditions listed in the cardiovascular section of the impairment-listing manual, you will be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Alternatively, you may qualify for disability benefits if your resulting condition causes you to be unable to engage in the lightest work you have done in the last 15 years or are unable to engage in other forms of work.

Your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits does not depend upon what your doctor has diagnosed or the number of heart attacks that you have had. The Social Security Administration will evaluate your Residual Functional Capacity for your ability to work.

The Social Security Administration will also determine your functional capacity as it exists three months after the occurrence of the heart attack because they want to see whether or not your ability to work has improved or changed in any fashion. As a result, it may take longer for the Social Security Administration to evaluate your claim for benefits.

If you have any questions regarding your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of a heart attack or any delay in your Social Security Disability claim process, contact Cavey & Barrett, the Pinellas and Hillsborough County Social Security Disability attorneys.

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