Aortic Aneurysm and Social Security Disability

An aneurysm can be a very serious and life-threatening medical condition. It is estimated that aneurysms occur in 30,000 people in the United States alone. Most of the individuals who suffer from this serious medical condition will be unable to maintain substantial gainful work activity. These disabled workers may wonder how they will make ends meet when their source of income is no longer maintainable. Fortunately, Social Security Disability benefits may be able to help. If you or someone you know has suffered from an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches, the following information will help you understand how your condition affects your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.

Aneurysm of Aorta or Major Branches Condition and Symptoms

An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation of the arteries. This dilation is caused by a weakening of the arterial wall. While aneurysms can occur in any artery of the body, the most common aneurysms occur in the aorta or the major branches.

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the development of an aneurysm. Common causes of an aneurysm include atherosclerosis, hypertension, trauma, infection or acquired connective tissue disorders. Genetics may also play a role in an individual's likelihood of developing the condition. Most aneurysms are asymptomatic, but there are some symptoms that can be quite painful and may lead to thromboembolism, rupture or spontaneous dissection. In these cases, an aneurysm can be fatal.

If a doctor suspects that a patient has an aneurysm, they will perform a variety of medical tests including imaging tests, magnetic resonance and angiography. If an aneurysm is present and has not ruptured, treatment will involve modification of the risk factors including maintaining blood pressure levels and endovascular stent-graft surgeries. If an aneurysm has already ruptured, then treatment will involve open surgical synthetic graft or endovascular stent-graft to immediately repair the rupture.

Even with treatment, an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches can be life-threatening. Individuals who suffer from such a condition will face a significant impact on their ability to perform day-to-day tasks, including normal work activity. Because of this, those who suffer from an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches should consider filing for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.

Filing for Social Security Disability with Aneurysm of Aorta or Major Branches

The Social Security Administration does recognize aneurysm of the aorta or major branches as a qualifying disability under Medical Listing 4.10. it is important to understand, however, that certain conditions must be met in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits based on this diagnosis. The diagnosis itself will not be enough to qualify you for the benefits you need.

In order to qualify for SSD benefits with an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches, the aneurysm must be demonstrated by the appropriate medical imaging. The aneurysm must also be with dissection and uncontrolled by the treatments that have been prescribed. If your specific condition meets these guidelines and you can prove this fact through documented medical evidence, you will likely qualify for Social Security Disability benefits during the initial stage of the application process.

If your aneurysm does not meet the specific guidelines that have been published by the Social Security Administration, but still prevents you from performing any type of work activity, you may still be able to obtain the Social Security Disability benefits you need, but you will likely have to endure the complicated disability appeal process in order to prove your case to the Social Security Administration.

Aneurysm of the Aorta and Major Branches and Your Social Security Disability Case

If your condition meets all of the criteria that has been published under the SSA's disability guidelines, chances are that you will be approved for disability benefits during the initial application stage. However, if there is any question as to whether or not your condition meets these specific guidelines or prevents you from performing any type of work activity, your claim is likely to be denied and you will need to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration.

It is important to understand that nearly 70 percent of disability claims are denied by the Social Security Administration during the initial application process. If your claim is among them, you should consider retaining the services of a qualified Social Security Disability attorney or advocate. These professionals can represent you in your disability appeal and will help you obtain the evidence necessary to prove your disability case. Hiring an advocate or attorney will increase your chances of overturning the SSA's decision to deny your disability claim.

To learn more about filing for Social Security Disability benefits due to aneurysm of the aorta or major branches or to learn more about working with a Social Security Disability lawyer, simply fill out the form for a free evaluation of your Social Security Disability case.

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