woman with COPD
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating condition that significantly impacts an individual’s respiratory function. If you or a loved one in Florida is struggling with COPD and has faced a denial in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims process, understanding how to navigate the appeals process is crucial. Disability Advocates Group is here to guide you through the complexities of appealing SSDI denials, ensuring you have the support needed for success.

Understanding COPD and SSDI Eligibility

1. Medical Documentation:

The foundation of a successful SSDI claim for COPD lies in comprehensive medical documentation. Work closely with your healthcare providers to ensure that all aspects of your COPD diagnosis, treatment, and its impact on your daily life are well-documented.

2. Functional Limitations:

Clearly articulate how COPD restricts your ability to perform daily activities and work-related tasks. Emphasize the impact on your functional capacity, such as difficulty walking, standing, lifting, and engaging in routine activities.

3. Pulmonary Function Tests:

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) play a crucial role in establishing the severity of COPD. Ensure that your PFT results are up-to-date and accurately reflect the impairment of your lung function.

Strategies for Overturning SSDI Denials

1. Seek Legal Representation:

Enlisting the help of legal professionals, such as Disability Advocates Group, significantly strengthens your appeal. Our experienced attorneys understand the nuances of SSDI claims and can navigate the legal complexities on your behalf.

2. Review and Address Reasons for Denial:

Understanding why your SSDI claim was denied is crucial for a successful appeal. Addressing specific concerns raised by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the denial letter is essential.

3. Gather Additional Medical Evidence:

If your initial application lacked certain medical evidence, use the appeal process to gather and submit any missing documentation. This could include recent medical records, test results, and physician statements.

4. Emphasize Worsening Condition:

If your COPD has worsened since your initial application, highlight this progression in your appeal. New medical evidence showing a decline in lung function or increased severity can strengthen your case.

Working with Disability Advocates Group

At Disability Advocates Group, we understand the challenges individuals with COPD face, and we are dedicated to assisting you in every aspect of the SSDI appeal process. Our team works closely with you to gather the necessary documentation, strengthen your case, and present a compelling argument for your eligibility for SSDI benefits.

Facing a denial for your SSDI claim due to COPD is disheartening, but it’s important to remember that the appeals process exists for cases like yours. Disability Advocates Group is here to be your ally in this journey, providing the legal expertise needed to navigate the complexities of the SSDI appeal process. If you or a loved one is seeking support in overturning a denial for COPD-related SSDI claims in Florida, reach out to Disability Advocates Group for personalized assistance tailored to your unique situation. Together, we can work towards securing the benefits you need for a more stable and secure 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.