Atrial Fibrillation

People who are unable to work due to the physical or cognitive limitations caused by a medical condition may be eligible for social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI is a program that is maintained by the federal government. Workers contribute to the insurance program through paycheck deductions. Eligibility requirements must be strictly met during the application process in order for a person to be approved for benefits.

What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

An atrial fibrillation is a type of heart flutter that has the potential to cause complications. Many people who have this condition do not have any symptoms at all, but it is possible for an atrial fibrillation to significantly impact a person’s ability to maintain physical abilities.

Atrial fibrillation specifically refers to the rapid beating of the upper ventricles of the heart. These ventricles, also known as atria, beat out of rhythm with the lower ventricles of the heart when a person has an atrial fibrillation. The irregular heartbeat that results can be chronic or occasional in nature.

A chronic atrial fibrillation negatively impacts blood flow in the heart. Complications like chest pain, shortness of breath and fainting may occur. Damage may be done to the heart over time, and people who have an atrial fibrillation may even experience a stroke or heart failure as a result of the condition.

Atrial fibrillation may occur after an illness, or a sufferer may be born with the condition. It is also possible for smoking, caffeine or alcohol use to contribute to the development of this condition. Some medications have been linked to the development of an atrial fibrillation.

Can You Get SSDI For Atrial Fibrillation?

While it is not common for people who have an atrial fibrillation to be approved for SSDI benefits, it is possible for people who are experiencing debilitating complications to be approved. It is important for applicants to be aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not approve an application for benefits if the condition causing the disability is being successfully managed with medication or physical therapy.

People who are not able to manage the complications of an atrial fibrillation may be eligible for benefits if the condition is expected to last for at least 12 months. Complications must severely limit a person’s physical or cognitive abilities in a way that makes it difficult or impossible for job tasks to be completed.

It is more likely for an applicant to be approved for benefits when the atrial fibrillation causes fainting three or more times each year. The atrial fibrillation must also be caused by an irreversible condition.

The SSA will evaluate the work history and academic background of the applicant to determine whether the individual could be accommodated in another position. If it is impossible for applicants to work in any position for which they are qualified and they have met the minimum work requirements, they are likely to be approved for benefits.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Many people believe that they will be approved for benefits after sending in paperwork for the first time, but the fact is that nearly 70 percent of all first-time SSDI benefit applications are denied. Most denials that relate to a valid claim are rejected due to a lack of evidence in the form of medical records.

Navigating the process of successfully applying for SSDI benefits can be confusing. People who have a recognized disability may fail to send in the necessary paperwork, and appealing a denial just lengthens the time that a person has to wait to receive much-needed benefits. An SSDI lawyer can assist with the application process to help clients boost their chances of being approved. I have ten years of experience in social security cases and appeals, and am ready to fight for your benefits. Contact me today to get started on your case.

Ruth F. Kolb, Esquire has been practicing social security disability law since 2003 handling all levels of representation from initial claims through all stages of appeal.