If you have difficulty breathing because of a lung ailment, you may be limited in the work you can do. The resulting fatigue, coughing spells or dizziness can make it unbearable — even hazardous — to continue working.
At the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., our exclusive practice in Social Security Disability helps us advocate for people who can't work because of their deteriorated health. Our lawyers have helped many clients win benefits under claims for emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Our Philadelphia firm represents claimants in the Philly Metro area, southeastern Pennsylvania, and in Central and South Jersey. Contact us today, whether you are still working or your SSD or SSI claim has already been denied.
Philadelphia SSD Attorney For COPD Claims
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for permanent damage to the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe. People with COPD suffer from one or both of the following:
- Emphysema — This is damage to the tiny air sacs of the lungs (alveoli), which interferes with efficient exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, namely the ability to exhale and empty the "used air." Emphysema typically results from smoking cigarettes, even if the person has not smoked in years.
- Chronic bronchitis — This is inflammation of the breathing tubes of the lungs (bronchi). The swelling and increased phlegm production interferes with breathing and manifests as persistent coughing or coughing fits. Smoking is the major cause of chronic bronchitis, but it can also stem from breathing dust or toxins.
People with emphysema commonly experience fatigue and short breath, even with minimal exertion. Some people can breathe easier with medications and/or pulmonary therapy, but those with advanced emphysema may require an oxygen tank for the rest of their lives to help them breathe.
Because COPD is irreversible and progressive, most individuals are eventually forced to leave their jobs. Yet Social Security Disability benefits are contingent on several criteria, such as:
- Specific scores on a spirometry (lung function) test
- Verified diagnosis of emphysema or chronic bronchitis
- Debilitating symptoms such as coughing spells, shortness of breath, dizziness or fatigue
- Evidence that the symptoms have persisted for months
- Proof that you cannot perform a "desk job" or other less strenuous labor
We Understand That You Need Disability Benefits
We work with clients and doctors to assemble a comprehensive medical file showing diagnosis, treatment and progression of COPD. If your claim is denied, we will represent you in a disability hearing or subsequent appeals to argue for your benefits.
Contact us online or call 267-622-4475 to arrange a free initial consultation about emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with a Philadelphia attorney. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so we collect no attorney fees unless we win your benefits.