Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive scarring and stiffening of lung tissue. There is no known cause, although some scientists believe it to be the body’s inflammatory response to an injury or substance of unknown origin. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis usually strikes people between the ages of 50 and 70. There is no cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and the course of the disease varies. Some individuals experience little change over time, while others experience rapid change over a period of months to years.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis include:
- Chest pain
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Abnormal breath sounds
- Bluish skin around the fingertips
- Enlargement of fingertips and toes (clubbing)
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.