Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump blood with sufficient force. The resulting build-up of fluid causes the person to tire easily and be short of breath, even from mild exertion.
People who develop congestive heart failure (CHF) eventually must stop working, by doctor's orders or because of the physical strain. If you cannot work because of CHF, you may qualify for Social Security Disability. However, you cannot simply claim "a bad heart" or even rely solely on a diagnosis. A successful claim must contain specific medical evidence as well as documentation of your employment limitations.
Philadelphia Attorneys For SSD Heart Disease Claims
The Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., has extensive experience with Social Security Disability claims for heart conditions, including congestive heart failure. We help clients present the proper medical evidence, backed up by documentation of the effects of heart failure on activities of daily living. Our disability lawyers serve clients in the Philadelphia Metro area and surrounding counties of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Congestive heart failure is characterized by congestion (fluid) in the lungs, edema (swelling) in the legs, and/or enlargement of the heart itself. This may manifest as shortness of breath (especially with activity), chest pain, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, heart palpitations or anxiety. An SSD or SSI claim requires specific medical evidence such as:
- Systolic failure (pumping strength) or diastolic failure (filling capacity)
- Abnormal results on exercise tolerance testing
- Persistent symptoms that severely limit activities of daily living
- Fluid retention
- Multiple hospitalizations or emergency room visits in the past year
- Deteriorated heart function despite medication
If the medical evidence falls short of the listed criteria, you may still qualify for disability benefits if your residual functional capacity (RFC) prevents you from performing full-time work. We advise clients to obtain the proper documentation, such as exercise stress tests and physician opinions, to support the conclusion that sustained work isn't possible.
Free Consultation With Proven, Caring Lawyers
We can review your initial claim for congestive heart failure under Social Security Disability, or we can represent you at your disability hearing to make the case for benefits.
Contact us online or call 267-622-4475 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Philadelphia attorneys.