In California, people who have a debilitating respiratory disorder that prevents them from working may be able to obtain financial assistance from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Benefits from SSDI are administered by the federal government and disbursed from a trust to which U.S. workers contribute throughout the course of their careers. The contributions are made as part of every worker's payroll withholdings.
Qualifying disorders of the lungs and/or respiratory system must conform with the specific guidelines established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In order to receive benefits, claimants have to demonstrate that their disorder is as severe as the guidelines require to be deemed debilitating. As an example, someone who suffers from asthma must offer medical evidence that their forced expiration volume (FEV) falls below the guidelines for their height and gender.
Those with chronic lung and/or respiratory disorders, such as asbestosis, cancers of the lungs or cystic fibrosis, are among the most likely to qualify for SSD benefits. Qualifying medical evidence must be provided to demonstrate the existence and severity of a disorder. Claimants must be medically evaluated to determine whether an obstruction to exhalation is present, if the ability to inhale is impaired in any way and if there is anything preventing normal diffusion within the lungs.
Individuals who have undergone a lung transplant or those who are experiencing respiratory failure may also qualify for benefits under SSA guidelines. An experienced SSDI attorney can help streamlines the claims process and assist in the case of a denial. With a seasoned SSD lawyer's help, claimants are often more likely to get the financial assistance they need.
Source: SSA.gov, "3.00 Respiratory Disorders - Adult," accessed on March 27, 2018