Chicago Lung Disease Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

Lung disease is any disease or disorder that affects that causes the lung to not function properly and results in difficulty breathing.  There are three key types of lung disease: (1) airway diseases; (2) lung tissue diseases; and (3) lung circulation diseases.  Types of lung diseases can include chronic pulmonary insufficiency, asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, bronchitis, chronic lung infections, pulmonary edema, and lung cancer.

If you suffer from lung disease and are unable to work as a result of your condition, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits.  In order to be eligible, you must have a physical or mental medical condition that prevents you from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.

What Social Security Disability Benefits Are Available?

The social security system provides benefits to disabled persons under two separate, but similar, programs:

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to persons who meet the disability requirements and have worked long enough and recently enough to be “insured” for disability benefits.  The amount of SSDI varies depending on the person’s previous contributions to the Social Security program.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to disabled persons who have limited income and resources.  The Social Security system places a cap on the amount of benefits a person can receive under SSI and the benefits may be reduced if there are additional sources of income for the disabled person.  Most SSI recipients are also eligible for Medicaid.

What Are the Social Security Disability Qualifications?

In order to qualify for social security disability benefits, you must have a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death and you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity as a result of the medical impairment.  Lung disease is covered by Section 5.00 of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Listing of Impairments,” which covers respiratory conditions.   Even if you do not meet the SSA’s qualifications for respiratory conditions, you may still quality for social security disability benefits, however, based on the medical vocational allowance, which takes into account factors such as age, work skills, education, and functional limitations.

How Can Ankin Law Help?

Because social security disability applications based on lung disease can be difficult to prove, the assistance of a skilled social security disability is imperative.  The knowledgeable Chicago social security disability attorneys have considerable experience helping clients with a variety of medical conditions through the entire social security disability application process.  We will educate you on the applicable social security disability laws, guide you through the application process, and represent you at a hearing, if necessary.

If you suffer from lung disease and are unable to work as a result, contact the Chicago social security disability law firm of Ankin Law at (872) 529-9377 to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you with your lung disease disability claim.


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