You’ve undergone a very significant medical procedure, and the Social Security Administration’s listing in the Listing of Impairments has clear guidelines. According to Section 3.11, you are considered disabled for three years from the date of your lung transplant. After that time, you may be considered disabled because of your residual impairments.
Despite this specific listing, your eligibility is not automatic.
How to File a Strong Application for Disability Benefits
When you file an application for Social Security disability benefits because of a lung transplant it is important to:
- Share all of your relevant medical records. This must include records pertaining to the actual transplant surgery. If you are applying for benefits based on your residual impairments then it must also include all evidence related to those impairments including but not limited to any times your body rejected your new lung (or lungs) and any side effects that you experience because of the medications you take as a result of the transplant.
- Sign a medical release form. This will allow the Social Security Administration to get the information it needs from your medical providers.
- Provide your bank account information if you want your benefits to be direct deposited.
- Completely and accurately answer every question on the application and provide all requested documentation.
One single error, such an unanswered question or a missing document, could result in a denial of your valid claim for Social Security disability benefits
How an Attorney Can Help You
Our board certified lawyers know what the Social Security Administration is looking for and what information you need to have your application accepted. We will handle the details of filing your application and following up with the Social Security Administration so that you can concentrate on your health.
You have already endured a significant trauma in your life and you don’t need the stress of trying to complete your Social Security disability application. Instead, we can do it for you. Please call us today to schedule an initial consultation and to learn more about your rights.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.