Chicago Heart Disability Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

Heart disease is a general term used to describe a number of conditions affecting the heart.  Heart problems can range from manageable to severe.  If your heart disease or heart problems are so severe that you are unable to work as a result of your medical condition, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Benefits Available to Qualifying Applicants

The SSDI program provides payments to disabled persons who have earned enough “credits” through the payment of social security taxes deducted from their paycheck.  Conversely, SSI benefits are only available to those disabled persons who have limited income and resources.

“Disability” Eligibility Requirements

Regardless of whether you are seeking SSDI benefits or SSI benefits, you must show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are meet the SSA’s definition of “disability,” which is defined as a physical or mental medical condition that prevents you from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” and that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.

The Section 4.00 of SSA’s “Listing of Medical Impairments” focuses on the following heart conditions:

  • Hypertensive heart disease
  • Ischemic heart disease or coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Major artery aneurysm
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Heart transplantation
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy

If your heart problem doesn’t meet the standards set forth in the SSA’s “Listing of Medical Impairments,” it does not necessarily mean that you are not eligible for social security disability benefits, but in order to be eligible you must show that SSA that you do not retain any residual functional capacity as a result of your heart disease.

Substantial Medical Records Are Imperative

The SSA requires that applicants provide sufficiently detailed reports of the applicant’s medical history, including physical examinations, laboratory studies, and any prescribed treatment and the response to such treatments.  A “longitudinal clinical record” that covers a period of at least 3 months of observations and treatment is generally required.

Get the Support of an Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney

The knowledgeable Chicago social security disability lawyers at Ankin Law have considerable experience helping clients with heart problems seek SSDI or SSI benefits.  We will guide you through the application process to ensure that you include sufficient medical documentation and we will represent you at a hearing, if necessary.

Contact the Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law at (872) 529-9377 to schedule your free consultation so that you can begin pursuing your social security disability or SSI benefits claim.


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