Every year, nearly 836,546 people die from cardiovascular disease. In fact, heart disease accounts for about 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States. So, you are not alone if you currently suffer from a heart condition. However, knowing this does not keep you from worrying whether your heart trouble is a disability. If you are no longer able to work, will you still qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Heart Trouble and the List of Impairments
The Social Security Administration keeps a list of disease and conditions that might qualify for disability benefits. The listing of impairments for adults lists many conditions, including those related to the cardiovascular system.
Cardiovascular impairment is described as:
- Any disorder that affects the way the heart or circulatory system works; and
- A condition that results from signs of cardiovascular disease, including
- chronic heart failure,
- fainting due to inadequate flow from the heart,
- pain due to myocardial ischemia, and
- central cyanosis that reduces oxygen saturation.
If you have any type of heart trouble, it may be time to apply for SSDI and SSI benefits.
The SSA’s Definition of Disability
While reviewing your application and supporting documents, the SSA may ask questions about your ability to work. However, they will also ask if your condition significantly limits your ability to do certain things:
- Are you able to walk upstairs or walk for ¼ miles;
- Are you able to stand or sit for at least 2 hours?
- Does your condition limit activities like lifting, sitting, standing, walking, and remembering? If so, will your condition last for at least 12 months.
You may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Qualifying for this benefit is like qualifying for SSDI except there is no work requirement. Also, applicants must show financial need based on low income
Heart Trouble May Qualify as a Disability
Applicants for SSDI must have a disability that prevents them from working at their normal job. They must also have the right number of work credits.
It helps to have someone in your corner. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have the experience and ability to take on your case. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We assist clients throughout Southern California from our home office in Anaheim.