If you live with asthma or have asthma that has developed as a result of exposure to fumes, chemicals or other triggers in the workplace or elsewhere, you should know that you may be able to seek Social Security Disability benefits if your condition is so serious that you cannot work.
Medically qualifying for asthma disability benefits is not always simple. You will need to prove that you need intensive treatments and have a persistent condition that makes it impossible for you to work enough to sustain yourself.
How do you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for asthma?
Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits for asthma is not always simple. You need to show that you require intensive treatments to help control the condition, such as:
- Antibiotic administration
- Prolonged bronchodilator therapy
- Intravenous bronchodilators
Even if you don’t meet these requirements, you may be able to qualify for a Medical Vocational Allowance.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability with asthma requires you to show that your daily life is affected due to asthma. That includes showing that you have attacks at least once every two months (or six times a year) and that you need medical intervention at that time. Asthma attacks requiring hospitalization count as two attacks, since they are more serious.
How do you make a claim for benefits with asthma?
If you want to try to seek benefits with asthma, you need to make sure that you keep copies of all of your medical information. You should get a Residual Functional Capacity evaluation and talk to your doctor about collecting other test results and paperwork that show how serious your condition is.
Since asthma can be mild or acute, your job is to show that your condition is serious enough that it impacts you in a way that makes it impossible to hold a job or work enough to support yourself. Asthma can be a disruptive condition, and asthma that was once controlled could be made worse with weather changes, changes in your work environment and other alterations in the environment. It’s important to seek help if you need it and to look into disability options.