Here at Bentoff & Duber in Cleveland, Ohio, we work frequently with people who are applying for social security disability or have had their benefits denied. We’re often asked whether social security disability benefits are available to people diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The short answer is yes, claimants with COPD can qualify for social security disability, as long as the COPD is proven severe enough.
COPD is an overarching term for several lung conditions characterized by obstructed airflow through airways and lungs. COPD is most often caused by prolonged exposure to irritants in the lungs, such as smoking, air pollution and exposure to chemicals.
Patients with COPD who apply for social security disability will need to prove the condition is so severe it hinders their ability to engage in substantial gainful activity. This is usually proven by taking a lung function test.
About the author: Brandon Duber, a Partner with Bentoff & Duber Co., LPA, is a lawyer with proven experience in the courtroom and expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice law. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and his J.D. from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.