Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a common disability among SSDI claimants. ADA has been successful in securing benefits for many who suffer from this dangerous condition. COPD is a lung disease characterized by a chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Unfortunately, COPD is not fully reversible. COPD now has an expanded definition so that, for Social Security Disability purposes, it also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The Social Security Administration, in determining whether a Claimant qualifies for SSDI benefits under the COPD listing, uses a spirometry test. ADA recommends Claimants who suffer from COPD or its similar ailments get annual or semi-annual spirometry testing so that the information is as current as possible.
If you have spirometry results and want to know whether your condition is severe enough to warrant disability benefits, please give us a call at ADA so that we can use our experience and expertise to guide you effectively.