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COPD and Disability Benefits

New Yorkers with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. If you meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) qualifications, then regardless of the cause of your COPD, you could receive benefits through the Social Security system.

Social Security disability has a reputation as one of the most difficult benefits to obtain. The New York Social Security lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help you with your claim. Call us today at (516) 342-2200 or fill out the form to the right of the page for immediate attention to your case.

With more than 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all your legal needs. We have a 98 percent success rate, and we have obtained millions of dollars in compensation and benefits that our clients need and deserve. We will fight for you!

About COPD

COPD is a common lung disease. People with COPD have difficulty breathing. Smoking is the main cause of COPD. New Yorkers who live in the city can also get COPD from exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution

Symptoms of COPD include a cough with mucus, shortness of breath, tiredness, respiratory infections, chest pains and chest wheezing. Two main forms of COPD are recognized. Most sufferers display symptoms of both conditions:

  • Chronic bronchitis is typically a long-term cough with mucus.
  • Emphysema is characterized by the destruction of the lungs over time.

There is no cure for COPD. Oxygen therapy and various medications, such as inhalers and steroids, are used to ease the symptoms. In some cases, especially those involving emphysema, surgery may be used to remove damaged lung material.

COPD and Your Social Security Benefits

If you have COPD and are seeking Social Security benefits, you can expect a rigorous screening of your claim.

Social Security officials will first determine if you are “working.” Working is defined as “engaged in substantial gainful activity” under Social Security regulations. If you earn more than $1,000 a month in your job, you will be disqualified from receiving disability benefits.

To show the severity of your COPD, you must undergo medical testing to determine your lung capacity. A standard measurement of COPD is the Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV) test and the Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) test.

To have a successful COPD claim, you must be incapable of doing the kind of work you did in the past. The SSA will consider whether your COPD significantly limits your ability to perform work activities, such as walking, lifting or carrying work items. Social Security officials will also review your age, education and work history to determine if you are able to do any kind of work.

The ultimate ruling on your disability will be made after considering the impact of your COPD on your ability to work as well as your age, education, work history, and physical or mental condition.

You Need Schwartzapfel Partners!

Eligibility restrictions are stringent, but if you are armed with the necessary evidence and the experienced help of a Social Security disability lawyer, you can get the Social Security disability benefits and money you deserve for your COPD.

If you need help with your COPD Social Security disability claim, or if your claim has been denied, turn to the New York attorneys of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. Our Social Security disability lawyers, helping clients in New York City and Long Island, will deal directly with the Social Security Administration and handle your hearing in front of an administrative law judge.

Call us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!