Pulmonary Atresia (PA) 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? Pulmonary atresia (PA) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is PA?
PA is a congenital heart defect in which the pulmonary valve fails to form properly. The pulmonary valve is an opening on the right side of the heart that controls blood flow from the right ventricle to the lungs. In PA, a sheet of tissue develops where the pulmonary valve opening should be; consequently, the valve remains closed and blood from the right side of the heart cannot travel to the lungs for proper oxygenation. There is no known cause of PA, though it often occurs in conjunction with other heart defects such as a partially open ductus arteriosus or a malformed tricuspid valve. Many cases of PA benefit from surgery. However, the prognosis for babies born with PA depends upon the extent of the defect and the overall health of the rest of the heart.
Some of the symptoms of PA include:
- Bluish tint to the skin
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Feeding difficulties (fatigue, sweating)
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 PA
PA qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PA, 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 PA, 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.