By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Florida due to interstitial lung disease (ILD) can be a challenging process. The experienced Florida Social Security Disability Lawyers at Disability Advocates Group understand the difficulties you may face and are here to guide you through the appeals process. In this blog post, we’ll explore key strategies for rebuilding your case and increasing your chances of success in SSDI appeals for ILD claims.

Understanding Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) and Its Impact

Interstitial lung disease encompasses a group of lung disorders characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lung tissue. ILD can lead to breathing difficulties and significantly impact an individual’s ability to engage in gainful employment, making it a valid basis for SSDI claims.

Common Challenges in ILD SSDI Appeals

  1. Insufficient Medical Documentation:
    • One of the common reasons for SSDI denials is inadequate medical documentation. Comprehensive evidence, including pulmonary function tests, imaging studies, and clinical assessments, is crucial.
  2. Understanding Residual Functional Capacity (RFC):
    • The SSA assesses an individual’s RFC to determine the ability to perform work-related activities despite the limitations caused by ILD. Clearly articulating how ILD affects your ability to work is essential.
  3. Demonstrating Severity and Duration:
    • SSDI requires that the medical impairment be severe enough to last at least 12 months or result in death. Ensuring the severity and duration are well-documented is vital.

Strategies for Success in ILD SSDI Appeals

  1. Comprehensive Medical Evidence:
    • Work closely with your healthcare providers to gather detailed and up-to-date medical records. This should include diagnostic tests, treatment history, and professional opinions regarding your ability to work.
  2. Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Assessment:
    • Clearly articulate the impact of ILD on your ability to perform work-related activities. If necessary, seek a detailed RFC assessment from your healthcare provider.
  3. Detailed Work History:
    • Providing a detailed work history that highlights the specific demands of your previous jobs and how ILD has hindered your ability to perform those tasks is essential.
  4. Legal Representation:
    • Engage the services of a skilled attorney who specializes in SSDI appeals. A legal professional can guide you through the appeals process, ensure all necessary documentation is presented, and represent you at hearings.
  5. Vocational Expert Testimony:
    • In certain cases, vocational expert testimony may be beneficial. A vocational expert can provide insight into the impact of ILD on your ability to perform various jobs, strengthening your case.

Why Choose Disability Advocates Group

  1. Expertise in ILD Cases:
    • Our legal team has a proven track record of success in handling SSDI appeals for individuals with ILD. We understand the specific challenges associated with these cases.
  2. Compassionate Support:
    • We provide compassionate support throughout the appeals process, recognizing the unique difficulties individuals with ILD face.

Rebuilding your case for SSDI appeals due to interstitial lung disease requires careful attention to detail and a comprehensive understanding of the legal processes involved. From Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale, the Florida SSDI and SSI Attorneys at Disability Advocates Group are committed to providing the support and expertise needed to enhance your chances of success. Contact us today, and let’s work together to rebuild your case and secure the financial assistance you deserve on your journey to 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.