Our Social Security Disability Lawyer Helps Clients With Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases Obtain Vital SSDI Benefits

Chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRDs) like chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma can profoundly impact your quality of life and ability to engage in substantial gainful employment. If a CLRD prevents you from working, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). 

Phillip M. Hendry Law helps clients with severe respiratory illnesses explore their eligibility for SSDI and navigate the complex and lengthy application process to secure much-needed benefits. Contact us today to request a free initial consultation to discuss your SSDI claim and how we can assist you.

Chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRDs) are a significant health concern in Louisiana, consistently ranking among the state’s leading causes of long-term illness and death. If you can no longer work due to a severe CLRD, you might be eligible for SSDI. This government program provides monthly payments to qualifying individuals with severe and long-lasting disabilities. 

Unfortunately, the application process is complicated, confusing, and frustrating, especially for the approximately 70 percent of claimants initially denied benefits. Here’s what you should know about applying for Social Security disability for a CLRD and the value that working with our SSDI lawyer can bring to your claim.

How Chronic Asthma, Bronchitis, and Other CLRDs Can Affect Daily Life and Your Ability to Sustain Substantial Gainful Employment

People living with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and other CLRDs face considerable health challenges, as these conditions often result in persistent symptoms that can make routine activities difficult and maintaining consistent attendance at your job next to impossible:

  • Chronic bronchitis involves inflammation of the bronchial tubes, leading to coughing and excessive mucus production.
  • Emphysema damages the air sacs in the lungs, causing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. 
  • Asthma, a respiratory condition characterized by narrowing airways and inflammation, can lead to recurrent wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. 

These symptoms can make it difficult to perform daily activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, or completing routine household chores. Additionally, the unpredictable nature of exacerbations and flare-ups can further disrupt daily life and limit your ability to maintain consistent employment. The physical limitations imposed by CLRDs can make engaging in substantial gainful employment challenging, particularly jobs requiring physical exertion or exposure to respiratory irritants.

Qualifying for SSDI for a Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 

If your CLRD makes substantial gainful employment impossible, you might be eligible for disability benefits. To qualify for SSDI, you must:

  • Have a qualifying medically determinable impairment (MDI) that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity and is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. 
  • Have amassed sufficient work credits working in jobs that pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. The number of credits needed to qualify varies based on your age at the onset of disability.

While the Social Security disability eligibility criteria sounds straightforward, the SSDI application process is anything but simple. Don’t go it alone and risk a denial—get the exceptional disability representation you deserve.

Louisiana SSDI Lawyer Phillip Hendry Can Guide You Through Every Step of the Application Process

Navigating the SSDI application process can be complicated, especially when dealing with the challenges of a chronic respiratory condition. That's where Phillip M. Hendry Law comes in. With years of experience advocating for individuals with disabilities, our dedicated SSDI lawyer, Phillip Hendry, understands the intricacies of the Social Security disability system and can guide you through every step of the application process.

From gathering medical evidence to meticulously preparing your application, our team is committed to helping you obtain the benefits you deserve. We'll work tirelessly to ensure that your application accurately reflects the severity of your CLRD and effectively communicates the impact it has on your ability to work.