You certainly can qualify for disability benefits after a heart attack. It’s better not to focus on the fact that you had a heart attack, but rather on how the heart attack has affected your ability to work or do things around the house. Many people have heart attacks and are able to get back to work within a few weeks. The social security judge is considering what makes your situation different and disabling. If, after the heart attack, you get very fatigued easily or you have chest pain every time you go up and down stairs or lift things, those problems need to be documented in your doctor’s notes. Then you are much more likely to win your case based on the history of having a heart attack.
What Is The Blue Book As It Applies To Disability Benefits With A Heart Attack?
The blue book is a publication that social security sends to their doctors. A lot of times, at the hearings, doctors testify to help the judge understand the medical records and how they would impact someone’s ability to work. The blue book is the rules that the doctor should consider when they evaluate someone’s condition. These are the guidelines that the doctor would use when considering whether someone meets the criteria for a disabling condition. If they meet these particular criteria, then it’s presumed that they are disabled. However, if someone doesn’t meet this criterion, there are other ways that person can be found disabled.
What Specific Medical Records Or Evidence Do I Need For My Heart Attack Claim When Applying For Disability Benefits?
Focus on how your condition keeps you from working. Typically with heart problems, people experience weakness, fatigue, confusion, and chest pain or breathing problems. You want your records to show these conditions. If your doctor writes a symptom in your records once or twice, that’s not nearly as helpful as it is if he writes it every time you go see him. Even if you go see your doctor for a cold, it’s still a good opportunity to reinforce how significant your breathing problems are, your chest pain, confusion, or stress is. Every time you go see your doctor, be prepared to explain how your life has been impacted by the aftermath of your heart condition.
What Are Objective And Functional Symptoms In Congestive Heart Failure?
If someone has an ejection fraction of 30% or less, that’s a very severe heart condition and something that a judge or a doctor reviewing records is going to take notice of. Someone with debilitating congestive heart failure would also typically experience difficulty breathing, fatigue, palpitations, and chest pain. Those symptoms are somewhat subjective (or functional) because the doctor is relying on the patient’s explanation of their symptoms.
Can Someone Navigate Through A SSD Claim For Heart Attack On Their Own Without An Attorney?
Statistically, individuals who have attorneys win a higher percentage of cases than those without. Attorneys typically have staff that is very well trained in obtaining all the records they need. They are also well trained in translating medical terminology into legal terminology that the judge is more likely to understand.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.