Receiving a heart disease diagnosis could limit your ability to work. However, getting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits should alleviate your family’s financial concerns and not be an additional source of stress. The Morgantown Social Security Disability lawyers at Berger and Green will help reduce the stress of applying and appealing for the benefits you need. Relief is possible; you just need a helping hand.
What Aspects of a Heart Disease Claim Can a Lawyer Handle?
Too many people struggling with disabilities wait to discuss their situation with a lawyer until:
- They’ve been disabled for a long time.
- They are burned out with the application process.
- They’ve received a denial letter and are unsure what to do next.
At Berger and Green, our involvement can begin as soon as your doctor diagnoses heart disease and believes you won’t work for the foreseeable future. Think of us as a resource to utilize—one that gives you a glimpse behind the curtain of the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Whether you’ve just started or are already knee-deep in the application and feeling lost, you can rely on our Morgantown Social Security Disability lawyers. We have over 40 years of experience to draw on—use it!
How Can We Help You During the Process?
You might not recognize all the ways a heart disease disability attorney can help you through the SSD application process in Morgantown. For example, are you:
- Struggling to understand the wording in SSD forms?
- Needing help proving you meet the qualifications?
- Wanting someone to file your application?
- Concerned about the SSA accessing your records?
- Worrying about what to do if the SSA denies your claim?
- Already facing denial and needing help with filing and pursuing your appeal?
- Having questions about how to prepare for your disability hearing?
If any of these apply to you, our Morgantown SSD attorneys can help with each one. Moreover, you can ask questions during a free consultation, ensuring you have access to information without feeling obligated to us or pressured to pay.
Which Benefits Do You Deserve?
Many applicants ask this question when they start the process of procuring benefits. You have two options:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): You have contributed to Social Security and worked enough to earn sufficient work credits.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): To qualify, your income and assets must meet specific income limits.
Since each program has specific requirements, you must apply for each separately. An early part of our support process is identifying how your work history and income affect your eligibility, so don’t worry about navigating this question alone.
What Have Past Clients Said About Us?
You can check out our client reviews to hear personal stories from people we have helped through the SSD application and appeal process.
One client described his experience this way: “I’m so thankful…I can’t say enough. They really stepped in and made things happen for me. If you are in a situation where you are unsure of your future, but you’re disabled, and you’re not sure how you’re going to make it to the next day, they can step in and make things happen for you.”
We’ll also work to make things happen for you to secure the benefits you deserve.
For a free legal consultation with a Heart Disease Disability lawyer serving Morgantown, call 412-661-1400
When Does Heart Disease Qualify You for Benefits in Morgantown?
Typically, the SSA considers you disabled if:
- Your heart disease symptoms impair your ability to work for at least a year.
- Your condition will ultimately cause your death.
- Due to your heart disease, you can’t work in a previous job or change to another job that could accommodate your symptoms.
- You cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity, which the SSA determines based on how much income you earn.
Proving you qualify for benefits could require delving into your work history and providing records of where you worked, for how long, and how much income or work credits you earned. We can review this with you when we go over your eligibility.
The SSA Recognizes Several Cardiovascular Issues as Disabling
The SSA’s Blue Book cardiovascular impairment listing includes:
- Chronic heart failure
- Ischemic heart disease
- Recurring heart arrhythmias
- Symptomatic congenital heart disease
- Aortic aneurysm
- Heart transplant
- Peripheral arterial disease
You’ll need evidence like diagnostic records, laboratory test findings, doctor’s notes indicating how you’ve responded to treatment, and records of office visits, hospitalizations, or medications to prove your heart disease.
When we assess your case, we can explain what evidence the SSA will use to evaluate your claim and what can bolster your application. In addition, we’ll help ensure the SSA and Disability Determination Services have your doctors’ contact information and medical history. We don’t want you to miss out on benefits because of simple mistakes.
Morgantown Heart Disease Disability Lawyer Near Me 412-661-1400
How Long Does a Heart Disease Disability Case Take?
One reason you don’t need to wait to apply is because applying for disability benefits takes time. From compiling evidence to waiting months for a decision, it might be several months before you could start receiving benefits. So, you’ll want to apply as soon as you receive your heart disease diagnosis and can no longer work.
Once submitted, the SSA reviews your application and decides whether to approve it. Unfortunately, denials are expected, with reasons ranging from technical denials based on your work evidence to medical denials based on your heart disease evidence. We then have 60 days to file an appeal.
Appealing a Denial Can Take Time
Once you decide to appeal a decision regarding your SSD benefits, the process takes time and could require each of these stages:
- Administrative Law Judge hearing
- Appeals Council review
- Federal district court lawsuit
Each step has its requirements, so reach out to our cardiovascular disability lawyers for help. We can represent you during the appeal, preparing you for hearings and submitting evidence to strengthen your case.
When Should You Contact a Heart Disease Lawyer?
Contact Berger and Green today for a free consultation with our heart disease disability lawyers about your Morgantown case. Not only is the consultation free, but we don’t charge any fees throughout your case. We’re only paid if you receive your benefits. So, reach out now!