Can Someone With Congenital Heart Defects Collect Social Security?

Did you know that you could collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if you have congenital heart defects (CHD)?

Congenital heart defects occur when a person suffers from issues like obstructed blood flow to the organ or complications with vessels near the heart. Additionally, there are issues associated with CHD that can cause the heart to beat in an abnormal or irregular rhythm.

CHD is one of the most common forms of birth complications, as approximately nine people in 1000 are born with defects. In some cases, CHD can improve without treatment, but often surgeries and medications are needed for victims.

Each year, CHD results in about 223,000 deaths worldwide. Aside from death, people who suffer from CHD may also suffer from long-term disabilities, making them unable to work.

It should be noted that recently the Social Security Administration added seven of the most severe forms of CHD to its Compassionate Allowance Listings (CAL). These conditions include:

  • Aortic Atresia
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipient
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Atresia
  • Endomyocardial Fibrosis
  • Primary Cardiac Amyloidosis
  • Heart Transplant Graft Failure
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Heart Transplant Wait List 1A/1B
  • Single Ventricle
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Tricuspid Atresia

Applying for SSDI Benefits with CHD

If you have one of the conditions listed above, as part of the CAL program, you may be eligible for faster access to SSDI.

Remember, people with severe heart conditions, who suffer from chest pain or take prescription medications, are more likely to qualify for SSDI benefits, although you can always appeal a denial.

Do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for a free consultation if you have CHD. We can help you obtain benefits.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Source: http://www.achaheart.org/Portals/0/pdf/PR/SSA_CAL_Release_FINAL.pdf

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