Filing For Disability Benefits With COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one of the most common lung diseases and makes it difficult for the patient to breathe. Symptoms of COPD often include coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.  COPD includes two main conditions, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  Most people with COPD have both conditions.  COPD can be the basis for applying for disability benefits.  To determine whether the COPD prevents you from working and eligible for benefits, Social Security will assess your claim  under listing 3.02 for Chronic Pulmonary Insufficiency.

3.02 Chronic pulmonary insufficiency

A. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to any cause, with the FEV1equal to or less than the values specified in table I corresponding to the person’s height without shoes. (In cases of marked spinal deformity, see 3.00E.);

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