Social Security Disability for COVID-19-related ARDS

April 27, 2020

Coronavirus and ARDS – You May Be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits

Have you recovered from the coronavirus but are still experiencing shortness of breath? Do you need to be on oxygen? Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is one of the symptoms of COVID-19 and can cause continued  breathing problems long after your other symptoms have subsided. If shortness of breath keeps you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Contact us to discuss your case. We care about our clients and are conducting consultations virtually and over the phone for everyone’s protection.

Am I Eligible for SSD Benefits if I Had ARDS Due to the Coronavirus?

In order for you to be approved for SSD benefits, you must:

  • Prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you cannot perform your job because of your disability.
  • Be unable to perform any other type of employment due to your disability;
  • Suffer a disability that will last, or is expected to last, 12 months or longer.

ARDS can lead to chronic respiratory system problems. This is an SSA-approved physical condition warranting collection of SSDI benefits. If you contracted COVID-19 and had a severe case of ARDS, and you are still having trouble breathing or cannot breathe on your own, you have a strong case for SSD benefits.

Help with Filing Your Social Security Disability Application

If you are disabled by ARDS, the SSA allows you to appoint someone to help you and represent you in the application process. Your appointment of a representative must be in writing and submitted to the SSA.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits is complicated, and a lot of it is done online, which can be confusing. Let us help you. We have helped hundreds of clients successfully apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. Contact us and we will review your case with you.

Help With Appealing Denial of SSD Benefits

If you filed your application for SSD on your own or without legal help, and your application was denied, we can take a fresh look at your case and file an appeal for you. Our attorneys have over 40 years of experience helping applicants get the SSD benefits they need and deserve.

You have 60 days from the date of the denial to file an appeal; if you wait more than 60 days, you must start the application process all over. Either way, we can help you.

Help with Appearing Before the Administrative Law Judge

The SSA Office of Hearings Operation (OHO) has initiated a Representative Video Project (RVP) that allows applicants and their representatives to appear at hearings from off site. This allows severely disabled applicants to participate in the process more easily. In this time of social distancing, RVP is even more valuable.

If there is a problem with your application or your application for Social Security Disability Benefits was denied, we can help you and represent you at the hearing before the Administrative Law Judge.

What is ARDS?

Respiratory distress syndrome, also called wet lung or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is a condition in which fluid collects in the lungs’ air sacs, depriving organs of oxygen. It is one of the symptoms of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 and the leading cause of death among COVID-19 victims.

While scientists and doctors are attempting to discover a cure or vaccination, there is currently none available. People over the age of 65 and those who have pre-existing medical problems are more at risk for suffering the most severe symptoms of the coronavirus, including ARDS. Those with ARDS suffer sudden and severe shortness of breath and often are unable to breathe on their own. Patients with the most severe ARDS are put on a ventilator. Those with less severe ARDS are treated with oxygen and medication to manage fluids.

If you have continuing trouble breathing after recovering from COVID-19 and it is preventing you from working, we can help you get SSD benefits. Contact us to schedule your free, no-obligation telephonic or video consultation.

 

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