Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Social Security Disability Cases

February 23,2010
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death and illness worldwide, according to the Mayo Clinic. The disease encompasses a number of impairments, including emphysema and chronic asthmatic bronchitis, that block the flow of air as a person inhales, making it increasingly difficult to breathe. Since COPD is often caused by smoking, it can be avoided by not smoking or – for current smokers – kicking the habit. Lung damage caused by COPD cannot be reversed, however, so treatment typically focuses on controlling symptoms and minimizing additional damage. In other words, COPD means a lifetime of breathing difficulty for those who suffer from it, which limit a person’s ability to earn a living as well as his or her daily activities.

A person who suffers from COPD is generally eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if he or she is unable to work for one year or more as a result of the disease. In order to obtain benefits, the individual must file a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA), the federal agency that oversees the disability benefits system. The claims process is often complex and confusing and may involve several levels of review. Unfortunately, the SSA initially denies more than 60% of the claims it reviews, including many with merit. We feel that the initial denial is often designed to discourage people from appealing. A person whose claim is denied must continue the claims process – via an administrative hearing before an SSA Administrative Law Judge and perhaps in a federal appeal – in order to seek benefits.

Hermann Law Group, PLLC is a full service disability law firm, representing clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who suffer from COPD and other serious diseases in seeking Social Security disability benefits. We have successfully represented thousands of disabled people suffering from COPD in their Social Security disability claims, and we have expertise in understanding the nature of this disease and what information is required to win a COPD disability claim

In all Social Security Disability claims, medical evidence is necessary to prove to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled. Doctors mean well when they write “patient is doing well,” or “no change,” at each visit, but these notes often fail to detail that you are unable to walk a few steps without shortness of breath, or that you have difficulty carrying on an extended conversation because of your difficulty breathing.

We at Hermann Law Group know that in order to win your claim you need clear supporting medical evidence to prove that you are unable to work and therefore should receive disability benefits. We have the expertise to explain to the treating physicians what details need to be noted in your records, and we will coordinate with them to make sure that we get it! We also know that the success of your case will rely on the results of your Pulmonary Function Test, and we have the ability and expertise to interpret them and present them clearly to the judge. We are dedicated to pursuing your claim quickly and vigorously, while providing you with the best in personalized, caring attention. Contact our firm toll free at 877-773-3030 or visit our website for a consultation at no cost to you.

At Hermann Law Group, our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers can assist clients in the claims process by gathering the necessary evidence to prove the client’s disability, filing the claim on behalf of the client and following up with local SSA staff to ensure that it has all of the information it needs to decide on the claim. While many disability advocates rely on non-attorney “clamant representatives” to act on behalf of their clients, we are licensed attorneys who understand the intricacies of the applicable law and how to present a client’s claim in the most clear and convincing manner. We are also skilled litigators who can represent clients on appeal in federal court if necessary.

Our disability lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients in Social Security disability claims. Year after year we are proud to maintain a success rate of over 90% of all the Social Security cases we handle. We are so confident in our abilities that in Social Security Disability cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we win your case.