In order to be granted Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, the Cystic Fibrosis must be affecting the claimant to the point that he or she would not be able to do any kind of work. Consider if there are any jobs that this person could reasonably take on without needing additional help or special treatment from the employer. Medical treatment, especially from a psychologist or psychiatrist will be almost essential to any Cystic Fibrosis claim for Social Security disability benefits or SSI.
When a disability claim for Cystic Fibrosis is reviewed, Social Security will look at the medical tests performed on the claimant to determine the restriction on breathing based on FEV values and height and weight. Also, episodes of bronchitis or pneumonia or hemoptysis or respiratory failure requiring physician intervention at least once every 2 months or 6 times per year. Each inpatient hospitalization for longer than 24 hours counts as two episodes, and an evaluation period of at least 12 months is needed. Medical testing is essential for this claim and combined with other disabilities can be a strong claim for Social Security disability.
As with any disability, your chances of being granted increase if you have consistent medical records of your condition. If you have not seen any doctors within a few months of your application, you may be sent to a doctor who will evaluate your condition. It is best to have your own doctor.
If you are not sure whether or not your claim would qualify for benefits, give us a call. It is always best to get an application in if you are unsure. Some people wait so long that they lose their eligibility for Social Security, and many lose months of benefits for waiting to apply.
The medical listings that describe the criteria for Cystic Fibrosis are; 3.02 Chronic Pulmonary Insufficiency – Adult.