Asthma involves inflamed airways that can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. The severity of asthma can vary from person to person.
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, individuals with asthma need to show that their condition is of such severity that it seriously limits their ability to work.
Meet the SSA’s criteria
About 5% to 10% of the 25 million-plus people with asthma in the United States have severe forms. The Social Security Administration provides guidelines to assess whether an individual with asthma qualifies for SSD benefits. You must demonstrate the following:
- Documented Medical Evidence: Medical records establish the diagnosis of asthma and document the frequency, duration and severity of your symptoms. They should include details about any hospitalizations, emergency room visits or treatments.
- Impairment of Functional Capacity: Your asthma must significantly impair your ability to perform substantial gainful activity. This means your symptoms prevent you from working in a job that earns a substantial income.
- Consistency and Duration: Your symptoms and limitations should be consistent. Health care professionals should expect them to last for at least 12 months or result in death.
Provide detailed information about how asthma affects your daily life and work-related activities. This may include problems walking, climbing stairs, lifting, carrying and performing physical tasks. Describe how asthma affects your concentration and interaction with others. Discuss how it impacts your ability to follow instructions.
Consult medical professionals
Medical evidence helps establish your eligibility for SSD benefits. Regular visits to your health care providers, including pulmonologists and allergists, contribute to a robust case.
Understand the requirements and work closely with medical professionals, and you can pursue the assistance you need to maintain your financial stability and quality of life.