Social Security Disability and Cystic Fibrosis

May 26, 2016

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. It can cause persistent cough and stuffy nose, and can compromise the ability to breathe normally. Even moderate exertion can be impossible. In addition, the disorder causes digestive difficulties that can lead to nutrient deficiencies and severe discomfort.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.”

Cystic fibrosis and its effects must be documented over a period of 12 months to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The symptoms of cystic fibrosis are similar to many other diseases and disorders. Though children are now routinely checked at birth, older adults may not have been screened. In this case, doctors can perform either a sweat test or a genetic test to confirm the diagnosis.

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis, and the disorder often requires long-term treatments that can be time intensive. Social Security Disability benefits can help you and your family to take care of living expenses and bills so that you can focus on your treatment.

Applying for disability benefits for cystic fibrosis is complicated. Though diagnosis in this case is fairly straightforward, the frequency and intensity of your symptoms will be considered along with your work history. In addition, because many symptoms are common to other conditions, you may be required to undergo extensive medical evaluations.

If your claim has been rejected, or you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits for the first time, you want experienced counsel on your side. Larry Pitt & Associates has successfully represented clients whose medical conditions were serious enough to prevent them from working. If you have a long-term, permanent physical impairment like cystic fibrosis, we want to help you get the Social Security Disability benefits you need to protect yourself and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Philadelphia SSD lawyer. We help people around Pennsylvania, including those in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.