Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) 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? Use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is an LVAD?
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is an implanted mechanical circulatory device that assists a failing heart by helping pump blood from the ventricles to the rest of the body. VADs can be used for short term or long term periods, and assist either the right ventricle (RVAD), the left ventricle (LVAD), or both (BiVAD) depending upon the condition of the patient’s heart. LVADs are the most commonly used type of VAD. VADs can be used in patients who are awaiting heart transplants, patients who have undergone heart surgery and are waiting for their hearts to become strong enough to function unassisted, or as long term treatment for patients who are unlikely candidates for heart transplants, in which case it is referred to as destination therapy. Implantation of a VAD requires open-heart surgery.
Some of the symptoms of heart failure include:
- Bluish tint to the skin
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Fatigue and weakness
- Fluid retention
- Persistent cough and wheezing
- Swelling in the abdomen, legs, and feet
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 LVAD
Use of an LVAD automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one uses an LVAD, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one uses an LVAD, 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.