While many disorders or diseases leading to disability can be long-term and progressive, giving individuals time to adjust to their changing health needs, others are more sudden and can result in unexpected and challenging limitations on daily life. One such health condition is an aneurysm, which is an abnormal swelling of an artery due to damage to the blood vessel wall. While aneurysms may be present in the body for quite some time, they are often asymptomatic and only cause symptoms when they suddenly become severe, leading to the possibility of life-threatening rupture. For individuals dealing with such circumstances, the need for assistance can be immediate and urgent. At Kantrovitz & Associates, our Social Security attorneys have over 20 years of experience helping Massachusetts residents deal with urgent claims for disability benefits.Seeking SSDI Based on an Aneurysm
The most efficient means for qualifying for SSDI is to show that your aneurysm is severe enough to meeting the requirements of the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments. Under Section 4.10, individuals with an aneurysm affecting the aorta or other major branches of the heart may qualify for benefits by establishing that they have an aneurysm evidenced by imaging tests and that they experience dissection that has not been responsive to treatment. Dissection is present when the inner lining of the artery begins to separate from the outer wall, leading to the possibility of rupture.
There are several ways to establish that you are experiencing dissection that does not respond to treatment. Your aneurysm may continue to give you symptoms, such as pain or shortness of breath that do not improve with medication, or imaging or testing of the aneurysm may show that it continues to progress or that new symptoms have developed despite treatment, including impact on blood flow. Generally, when you are applying for SSDI benefits, the more medical evidence that you can provide, the better. For this reason, if you can support your disability claims with multiple forms of medical evidence, you should do so.Alternative Routes to Benefits
If your aneurysm affects a blood vessel other than your aorta or another major artery branch, you are not precluded from applying for disability. Instead, it is still entirely possible to file a successful claim for disability benefits, although it may take you a bit longer to do so. In addition to its impairment listings, the SSA also allows claimants to file applications showing that they have a limited residual functional capacity (RFC). In essence, this route to benefits requires you to show that your aneurysm and its symptoms, while not meeting a specific listing, so impair your ability to complete daily activity as to prevent you from working. Your RFC is the maximum level of work activity that you can do in your current condition. Your application, through medical evidence, must show that your RFC is so limited that you are unable to do your past job or any jobs currently available in the national economy. This is called a medical-vocational allowance and is another means of saying you are disabled and entitled to benefits.Seek Guidance for Your Government Benefits Claim from a Massachusetts Attorney
At Kantrovitz & Associates, our government benefits lawyers understand that applying for SSDI can be confusing for Massachusetts claimants. It may be difficult to determine whether your aneurysm is likely to qualify under an SSA listing, or if you will need to have an RFC assessment completed. Our lawyers will work carefully with you to fully understand your health concerns and how they are affecting your daily routine. We will reach out to your doctors and family members to obtain the medical records and evidence that you need to craft a persuasive application for benefits. And we will take the time to address all your questions and concerns. Our lawyers have assisted individuals near Boston as well as in New Hampshire and Rhode Island cities such as Providence. You can contact us today at (800) 367-0871 or online.