By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Valvular heart disease can impact the lives of individuals in profound ways. If you find yourself frustrated with the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Florida due to valvular heart disease, you’re not alone. The trusted Florida Social Security Disability Attorneys at Disability Advocates Group are here to provide guidance, ensuring that your SSDI or SSI claim is supported by thorough and comprehensive documentation.

Understanding Valvular Heart Disease and Its Impact

Valvular heart disease involves dysfunction of one or more of the heart’s valves, affecting blood flow and potentially leading to serious complications. Some examples of valvular heart disease include aortic stenosis, mitral valve prolapse, pulmonary atresia, tricuspid regurgitation, and mitral stenosis. The unpredictable nature of this condition can hinder an individual’s ability to work, making it a valid basis for SSDI and SSI claims.

Common Gaps in Supporting Documentation and How to Address Them

  1. Incomplete Medical Records:
    • Gap: Submitting medical records that lack crucial details about the diagnosis, progression, and treatment of valvular heart disease.
    • Solution: Ensure that your medical records provide a comprehensive overview, including diagnostic tests, treatment plans, and statements from healthcare professionals.
  2. Insufficient Objective Evidence:
    • Gap: Relying solely on subjective complaints without supporting objective medical evidence.
    • Solution: Include test results, imaging studies, and statements from healthcare providers that objectively demonstrate the impact of valvular heart disease.
  3. Failure to Connect Symptoms to Functional Limitations:
    • Gap: Failing to articulate how specific symptoms limit your ability to perform work-related tasks.
    • Solution: Clearly describe symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain, and explain how these symptoms affect your daily activities and work.
  4. Lack of Consistent Medical History:
    • Gap: Providing a medical history that lacks consistency or shows gaps in treatment.
    • Solution: Ensure that your medical history demonstrates consistent and documented treatment, including medications, surgeries, and therapies related to valvular heart disease.
  5. Ineffective Communication with Healthcare Providers:
    • Gap: Failing to communicate effectively with healthcare providers about the purpose and requirements of your disability claim.
    • Solution: Clearly communicate with your healthcare providers about the need for detailed documentation supporting the functional limitations imposed by valvular heart disease.

The Role of Legal Representation in Addressing Documentation Gaps

  1. Legal Expertise in Navigating SSA Criteria:
    • Navigating the SSDI and SSI application processes involves intricate legal complexities that an attorney can adeptly handle.
  2. Ensuring Compliance with SSA Criteria:
    • Attorneys ensure that your case aligns with the specific criteria set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for valvular heart disease claims.
  3. Building a Comprehensive Case:
    • Attorneys assist in building a compelling case that effectively communicates the severity and impact of valvular heart disease on your ability to work.

How Disability Advocates Group Can Assist You

  1. Personalized Approach:
    • We recognize that each valvular heart disease case is unique, tailoring our approach to your specific circumstances.
  2. Experienced Legal Team:
    • Our team of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys has a proven track record of success in handling valvular heart disease-related cases.

Navigating the SSDI and SSI claims process for valvular heart disease requires a comprehensive understanding of the medical condition and experience with the legal processes involved. Disability Advocates Group is dedicated to providing the legal expertise needed to expedite your claim’s approval. Whether you are a resident of Hialeah or Orlando, contact us today, and let’s work together to secure the support you deserve on your journey to financial stability.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.