Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a lifelong illness that makes it difficult to breathe. The difficulty comes from damage to the lungs and breathing tubes, which the obstruct airflow. The illness develops slowly, and symptoms pick up at a mid-life age.
The illness is difficult to diagnose in its early stages because most people tend to associate the symptoms with and signs of aging. The soon realization of the problem will save your life and expenses for treatment. Early COPD and disability signs include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing that results in massive mucus
Studies show that the management of COPD costs up to $50 billion in one year. The sad bit is that $30 billion is only useable in medical bills and the remnant is available for funeral expenses.
The COPD foundation states that one patient could spend $6000 on a year’s medical expense. Seventy percent of COPD patients are below the age of 65 years.
COPDs incurability means that you would spend a lifetime catering to the illness. The most frugal way of handling the disease is acquiring the relevant social security benefits. Financial hardships do not have to be a limitation in the pursuit of better health and manageable symptoms.
Social Security evaluation
The Social Security Administration will review your information and send you to a physician who will document the condition. A severe case will usually disrupt healthy life and the ability to work. The SSD will consider such cases urgent and qualified for coverage.
Conditions qualifying for coverage
- The forced expiratory volume should be equal or less than the minimum of your height. The cut off level is 1.05 for patients who are five feet and 1.65 for patients at the height of 6 feet.
- The diffusion capacity of a single breath should be below 10.5mil.min/mm HG. The number indicates that blood has a low amount of oxygen in the blood and a high volume of carbon dioxide.
Other evaluation schemes
The SSA will also use your vocational history to establish your ability to earn the minimum amount of money considerable. COPD victims may have little tolerance for dust, smoke, and fumes.
Consequentially, the most severe COPD cases will often limit one from commuting to work and performing the necessary tasks. They will also consider the maximum amount of time one can work, walk, or stand. The criterion also defines the maximum amount of weight can lift. The SSA will use your social security payments to determine your eligibility and the award amount.
How long does the evaluation process take?
The application process can last between three and five months. The benefits are only applicable to candidates who have a history of COPD and disability for at least five months. Benefits usually begin in the sixth month.
National Disability Benefits Organization performs a thorough follow up to afford you the benefits as soon as possible. Our commitment improves your chances of winning a case if you are below the age of fifty.
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