November is COPD Awareness Month

November 28, 2012

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Sufferers of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) seek to promote awareness of this chronic respiratory condition during the month of November. COPD encompasses bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Symptoms include chronic cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. COPD is characterized as obstructed airway through the lungs. This inflammation usually will worsen over time. COPD is also the third leading cause of death in this country.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program recognizes COPD as a disability. To qualify, you must have a diagnosis of COPD. Further, a lung function test performed by a qualified doctor must show a very limited airway However, proving that one's condition meets the SSA requirements for the condition can be an uphill battle. The SSA requires rigorous tests, often conducted by SSA doctors, to determine if a COPD patient meets the breathing capacity and exertion ability set out for disability standards.

If you do meet the listing requirements for this disease, then you may automatically qualify for benefits. However, those who do not meet the listing requirements may still be able to prove that with their condition, they are unable to work. If your functional capacity reduces your ability to a desk job, and given your age, education and past work experience, you cannot perform a desk job, then you may still qualify for disability benefits.

Also, if you have COPD and other conditions that impact your ability to work, then you may still qualify for disability benefits. Many COPD patients also have other medical conditions as well, such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

Contacting a Social Security Disability attorney will help you determine if you qualify for benefits.