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How Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Can Affect Your Ability to Work and How to File for Benefits

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

COPD can seriously affect your ability to work up to your full capacity.

An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Most cases of COPD are caused by smoking tobacco products, but large amounts of other pollutants can contribute as well. This disease can affect your ability to work the way you’re used to. If you suffer from COPD and it is affecting your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The right Social Security Disability lawyer will be able to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.

Symptoms of COPD

There are actually a few different progressive lung diseases that fall under COPD including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Common symptoms of COPD include increased breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing and a tightness in the chest. Physical exertion triggers COPD, so working a physically taxing job can become near impossible if you are diagnosed. Since smoking is the biggest risk factor associated with developing COPD, it is essential that you quit smoking as soon as you are diagnosed.

Hire a Lawyer to Help with Your Claim

It is vital to enlist the help of a Social Security Disability lawyer when you go to file a claim. You are responsible for showing that COPD renders you unable to work in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The majority of Social Security Disability claims are denied because of incorrectly filled out forms. Your lawyer will help you navigate the process so your claim has the best chance of being approved.

Call Jenkins Block & Associates To Seek Social Security Disability Benefits For COPD!

When choosing an attorney to guide you through the process of Social Security Disability benefits, it’s important to hire an individual experienced with the program and its requirements. Consulting an individual who has insight on Social Security and the application process will prove to be extremely valuable in the long run, especially when questions arise or uncertainty on how to proceed.

Before trying to work out intricate Social Security Disability qualifications on your own, contact our office to make sure you understand the program and process. Protect yourself, know your rights: call us and Get JBA First!

Jenkins Block & Associates has 40+ years of experience in successful SSD/SSI cases in Maryland & Virginia, in addition to being a member of The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Call us at 1-800-243-2439 or contact us online to begin the process of filing your Social Security benefits!



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