Florida First Responder’s and Social Security Disability Benefits for Cardiac Claims
Florida First Responders may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits for Cardiac Claims if they have enough quarters of coverage and can meet the 5 step Social Security sequential evaluation process.
At step 3 of the 5 step evaluation process, Social Security will look at Listing 4.0 Cardiovascular System which covers impairment from cardiovascular disease based on symptoms, physical signs, laboratory test abnormalities and response to therapy. Social Security wants to see longitudinal medical records that outline your treatment, therapy, response to treatment and your functional recovery.
It is crucial that you explain the impact of your heart condition on your daily functioning and how often, how severe and the duration of your symptoms.
These listing are only common cardiovascular disorders that are severe enough to prevent you from engaging in gainful activity. If you have medically determinable impairment that is not listed or have a combination of impairments no one of which meets a listing, the Social Security Administration will consider a medical equivalence determination.
Of course, if you do not meet a listing, you may still be entitled to Social security disability benefits if you can establish that you are unable to return to the lightest job you held in the last 15 years before you became disabled and establish that you have exertional and non-exertional impairments that limit your employability based on your age, education and transferable skills.
The cooperation of your treating physician is crucial to the success of these cases. I have found that electrocardiograms and exercise stress test are key to developing the medical evidence of your restrictions and limitations so that you can win your Social Security disability case.
Attorney Nancy Cavey, who represents Florida First Responders in Florida Workers’ Compensation Claims and Social Security Disability Claims, can answer any questions you have about your rights to Florida Workers’ Compensation benefits and Social Security Disability benefits.
Answering these broad-based questions isn’t easy. Help is a phone call away. You can contact Nancy Cavey, an experienced long-term disability attorney at 727-894-3188.