Can you get SSDI benefits for work-related asthma?

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2022 | Social Security Disability Insurance |

Social Security Disability benefits are benefits that are designed to help workers who get hurt or sick while employed. Depending on the circumstances, the injury or illness may or may not be directly linked to the job.

In some cases, people develop work-related asthma after being exposed to chemicals or other conditions on the job. Work-related asthma is compensable through Social Security Disability Insurance, but it has to meet specific requirements.

Asthma is in the Social Security Blue Book

Asthma, whether it’s occupational asthma or another form, is listed in the Social Security Blue Book. It falls into section three, which goes over respiratory disorders.

In section 3.03 of the Social Security Blue book, you’ll see a table that goes over the FEV1 scores that you should have to qualify for SSDI. This is essentially describing your lung function and how badly it has been impaired.

On top of qualifying based on those scores, you also need to show that you have had multiple hospitalizations within a 12-month period for asthma. Those hospitalizations should be at least 30 days apart and will need to have lasted for at least 48 hours at a time. Those hours do include any time you spend waiting in an emergency room.

Qualifying for SSDI could be easier if you have a history of medical records from the workplace

Remember that evidence is the key to getting Social Security Disability benefits. So, if you have a history of hospitalizations, proof of occupational asthma or related diagnoses and other documents to show that you have been dealing with this condition for a long period of time, you’ll be in a better position to make a claim for disability benefits.

SSDI benefits could help you support yourself while you focus on your health. Whether you can or cannot return to work in the future, if you’re dealing with a disability now, you deserve the opportunity to seek fair benefits and medical care. With this support, you can focus on your health and wellness. Then, if you are ready to try to return to work, the Social Security Administration may have options to help.