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Can you File for SSDI After a Heart Transplant?

Heart transplants are widely considered one of the most serious surgeries performed in hospitals throughout America. If you undergo a heart surgery, you will need to take a long time to recover from the very serious procedure. That is why the Social Security Administration has listed a heart transplant as one of the transplants that qualify for disability.

Heart transplants are a rare exception with the SSA. In most cases, individuals who want to file for disability are required to detail very diagnostic criteria in order to qualify for benefits. This means that if you are getting a liver transplant for example, you will need to provide very detailed description of your condition prior to the transplant and explain why you believe that you qualify for disability.

Yet with a heart transplant, no details and arguments are required. Those that undergo a heart transplant automatically qualify for disability benefits, regardless of the reason for the transplant. This means that regardless of whether you suffered cardiomyopathy, a viral infection of a heart muscle, valvular heart disease, an arterial heart disease, a congenital heart defect, or the failure or a previous heart transplant, you can receive disability benefits simply because you had to undergo such a severe surgery.

The SSA will consider a heart transplant patient disabled for a period of 12 months following the date of the surgery. At this point, the case can be educated on any residual impact from the surgery. For example, if a medication taken after the heart surgery led to damage of another organ, then the patient will be reevaluated for this condition and the SSA will decide whether or not to continue SSDI for the patient. If you are undergoing a heart transplant then don't hesitate to contact a SSDI attorney at our firm today to help you with our case. With the right lawyer on your side, you may be able to get the assistance that you need!

Categories: Cardiovascular System