How to Prove You Can’t Work and Need Disability Benefits for Emphysema
Emphysema does not have its own separate entry in Social Security’s main list of impairments that qualify you for disability Benefits. But its symptoms do fit the Social Security Administration’s definition for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits , you have to prove that you physically cannot work and that your condition has progressed to a debilitating degree, reaching Stage 3 or 4 (severe or very severe) of a COPD diagnosis.
Social Security will want to see:
- Results of medical tests tracking the severity of your emphysema, including chest x-rays, how you perform on a breathing test based on your height, age, and weight, and other imaging that shows the extent of your respiratory condition.
- Extensive documentation of the progress of your condition, including your medical records and how you responded to therapy and treatments over time.
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