Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Severe disabilities can make it impossible for a sufferer to work. Social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to qualified individuals who are completely unable to work in any position for which they are qualified. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a listing of recognized disabilities that allow an applicant to qualify for these benefits. Even if an individual does not have a condition that is specifically listed by the SSA, experiencing severe, chronic symptoms that closely relate to one of these conditions may make it possible for a person to qualify.

What Is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that affects the blood flow of a sufferer. People who have POTS can experience a diminished quality of life. The symptoms and complications of this condition may make it difficult for a person to enjoy leisure activities or complete job tasks.

Common complications that can be linked to POTS include tachycardia, fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Physical activity is often difficult or impossible for people who suffer from POTS. The heart rate increases dangerously high when a person with the condition engages in physical activity, and even moving from a sitting position to a standing position can cause the heart rate to increase rapidly.

Any type of physical activity is impossible for a person with POTS to maintain. This means that it is typical for people who have this condition to be completely unable to work. Medical experts know very little about the cause of POTS, so treatment of the condition is focused on easing symptoms. Some patients do not see their symptoms diminish at all with treatments.

Can You Get SSDI For Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?

Qualifying for SSDI benefits is a matter of proving that symptoms of a disability are severe enough to make it impossible for a person to work. The SSA will evaluate medical records to determine whether the symptoms of POTS are severe enough to allow an individual to qualify.

The fact that medical records are used as evidence of disability makes it important for applicants to seek medical assistance on a regular basis. A licensed medical provider should be keeping detailed records of the severity and duration of symptoms. The date of diagnosis is also essential when SSDI eligibility is being determined.

If the SSA finds that an individual has a severe case of POTS, the background of the applicant will be examined to determine whether a less physical job position could be found. Some people with POTS may be able to keep their symptoms under control enough to complete light tasks in a work environment, so it is possible that an applicant will be required to find a position that accommodates the disability.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Unfortunately, the process of applying for benefits and waiting for approval is long and confusing. More than half of applicants are denied after they apply for SSDI benefits for the first time. A failure to properly gather and complete paperwork is often cited as the reason for denial. While appeals are allowed, going through the process of filing an appeal adds more time to a wait for needed financial assistance that is already long.

Hiring an attorney with experience in SSDI cases allows applicants to make the application process less stressful. These legal professionals are able to do the legwork when it comes to gathering paperwork and ensuring that the application is filled out completely. Consulting with an SSDI attorney is the first step toward getting the benefits that a disabled individual needs to pay for basic necessities. 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.