Obliterative Bronchiolitis (OB) 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? Obliterative bronchiolitis (OB) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is OB?
OB is a rare, irreversible lung disease in which scar tissue progressively invades and obstructs the bronchioles (small airway branches). In many cases, OB is an inflammatory response in patients who have recently had an organ transplant of a lung, heart, or bone marrow. However, in addition to transplant rejection, the causes of OB are many and include collagen vascular disease, drug reactions, rheumatoid arthritis, exposure to toxic fumes, oral emergency medicines, and prematurity complications. There is no cure for OB and the response to treatment is usually poor.
Some of the symptoms of OB include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Chronic irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, or skin
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 OB
OB automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with OB, 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 OB, 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.