The answer is maybe. Your eligibility will depend on how your heart attack has impacted your life, whether you have medical clearance to work, and whether your disability and inability to work is considered long term or permanent.
Proving That You Are Eligible
In order to establish that you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that:
- You have a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to result in death
- The medical condition prevents you from working
- You have satisfied the earnings requirement to obtain Social Security disability benefit payments
If you fail to prove one or more of the elements described above, you should expect the SSA to deny your Social Security disability claim. Then, you will need to determine whether your claim was denied because you are ineligible for benefits or whether your application contained an error. If you are eligible for benefits, but your application didn’t contain enough information to convince the SSA that you are unable to work, you may be a good candidate to successfully appeal the decision.
It Could Be Worth the Fight
It isn’t easy to establish your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA denies approximately two out of every three new applicants. However, if you believe that you are eligible for Social Security disability because of your heart condition, it is worth fighting for your fair benefits.
To learn more about how to do that, please read our FREE Social Security Disability Fact Sheet or start a live chat with us at any time.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.