Heart disease and related conditions, including congestive heart failure, are very serious medical conditions that can have a huge impact on an individual's ability to function at his or her job. If your heart ailment is keeping you from performing at work, it is important to talk to an attorney about your options. You may be entitled to Social Security benefits if you are unable to work, whether your impairment is temporary or permanent.
At Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis, we are committed to helping people get the Social Security Disability benefits they are entitled to under the law. We provide our clients with personal representation, focusing our practice exclusively on St. Louis, eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.
Learn more about our practice or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced St. Louis heart disease disability attorneys by contacting our SSDI/SSI law office online. You may also call our firm at 314-231-6660 or toll free at 877-213-7793.
Your Heart Disease Must Impact Your Ability to Work
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you will have to be able to show how the symptoms of your ailment — symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath or weakness — prevent you from being able to work. As part of the process, you will need to provide a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional.
Also, you must be unable to work for a continuous period of 12 months. If you are able to return to work at some point afterward, you may be able to recover back pay for your "closed period" of disability.
Common Heart Conditions
The Social Security Administration lists a wide variety of coronary diseases and conditions that it often approves for SSDI/SSI benefits. Some of the most common include:
- Coronary artery disease/blocked arteries: Plaque buildup narrows arteries, causing them to become damaged and distressed. Less blood is able to flow through the heart as a result.
- Heart attacks: Typically caused by a blood clot blocking the flow of blood through a coronary artery. Without proper, timely treatment, heart attacks can be fatal.
- Congestive heart failure: Occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. Narrow arteries and high blood pressure can slowly weaken your heart.
- Heart valve disease: Your body has four heart valves — pulmonary, aortic, tricuspid and mitral. Partially closed or "leaky" valves have been known to cause serious heart problems.
Heart disease is not something that strikes and disappears. The condition can last for years, involving expensive medical care and prescription drugs. That is why it is important that you talk to our lawyers as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights if you believe that the effects of any kind of heart ailment are preventing you from working.
Contact a St. Louis Artery Disease/Blocked Artery SSDI Advocate
We look forward to helping you get the benefits you are entitled to. Contact us online today or call 314-231-6660, toll free at 877-213-7793, to schedule an appointment with an attorney.