Social Security Disability for Congenital Heart Defects
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Oct 02, 2015 in Qualifying Conditions
While you may sometimes feel misunderstood by people who do not know what congenital heart defects are, they exist and this form of heart disease is not caused by eating too much junk food. If you are born with a congenital heart defect, you did nothing to bring on this condition. Supplemental Security Disability (SSD) may offer benefits to applicants who qualify.
If your congenital heart defect was left untreated, you may be severely disabled and suffer from different health conditions. The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists certain conditions that result from congenital heart defects within its Compassionate Allowances program.
The Compassionate Allowances program permits applicants to receive Social Security Disability benefits in a faster manner since they are considered disabled if they are diagnosed by a physician or have one of the following conditions: Mitral valve atresia, Aortic atresia, Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Primary cardiac amyloidosis, Tricuspid atresia, Pulmonary atresia or Eisenmenger syndrome.
People with other forms of heart disease may also qualify for SSD benefits but they must show that their conditions directly cause their disabilities. Also, they should have their doctors submit a physical Residual Functional Capacity assessment (RFC) with details about their work limitations.
Both people with congenital heart conditions and other heart disease types must first meet general disability eligibility requirements established by the SSA. Then, the SSA will check to see if their disability is listed in the SSA's Listing of Impairments. Symptomatic congenital heart disease is a qualifying condition listed.
The next step involves the SSA determining if you can perform any type of work. If the SSA finds that you cannot perform any work, taking into account age, education and job skills, then you may qualify for SSD. Some applicants discover that the process of applying for SSD is complex and so they hire attorneys to help them.
The law office of Phillips Disability has disability attorneys who can help you with your congenital heart defect claim.
Call us today at 1-800-503-2000 to set up your free legal consultation.