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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Dealing with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a challenging journey, and for many individuals in Florida, navigating the process of applying for or appealing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can add to the stress. At Disability Advocates Group, we understand the unique struggles associated with PH, and we’re here to guide you through the intricate process. This comprehensive guide sheds light on the medical criteria for PH in SSDI and SSI claims.

Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension is a medical condition characterized by elevated blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. This increased pressure can lead to various complications, impacting an individual’s ability to engage in day-to-day activities and maintain gainful employment. Recognizing the severity of PH is crucial when navigating the SSDI and SSI claims process.

1. Severity of Symptoms and Functional Limitations

The Social Security Administration (SSA) assesses PH cases based on the severity of symptoms and resulting functional limitations. Disability Advocates Group specializes in articulating the impact of PH on your daily life, ensuring that the SSA comprehends the challenges you face. Documenting symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue is crucial to building a strong case.

2. Objective Medical Evidence

A successful SSDI or SSI claim for PH requires objective medical evidence. Disability Advocates Group collaborates with medical professionals to gather comprehensive documentation of your condition. This may include results from diagnostic tests, imaging studies, and medical reports, providing irrefutable evidence of the existence and severity of PH.

3. Long-Term Prognosis and Medical Treatment

Prognosis is a key consideration in SSDI and SSI claims. Disability Advocates Group emphasizes the long-term impact of PH on your ability to work, underlining the chronic nature of the condition. Additionally, detailing the extensive medical treatments and their side effects contributes to a compelling case, demonstrating the ongoing challenges you face.

4. Compliance with Treatment Plans

Adherence to prescribed treatment plans is another aspect the SSA evaluates. Disability Advocates Group works closely with you and your healthcare providers to emphasize your commitment to managing your PH. This can involve detailing medications, therapies, and lifestyle adjustments, reinforcing the severity of your condition.

5. Impact on Daily Activities and Employment

A successful SSDI or SSI claim for PH hinges on illustrating the impact of the condition on your daily activities and employability. Disability Advocates Group assists you in articulating the challenges you face in performing routine tasks, maintaining employment, and engaging in recreational activities, providing a comprehensive view of how PH affects your life.

Navigating the SSDI and SSI claims process for Pulmonary Hypertension demands a nuanced understanding of both the medical and legal aspects. The team of experienced SSDI and SSI attorneys and advocates at Disability Advocates Group is committed to leveraging its expertise to guide you through this process effectively. Contact us today to ensure that your PH-related disability claim receives the attention and advocacy it deserves, securing the benefits you need for a more stable future.

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.