Disability insurance companies don’t always make it easy for policyholders who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to get the disability benefits they deserve.
COPD is a progressive lung disease that robs you of the ability to breathe. It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States.
More than 7 million women have COPD, and the number of deaths among women has more than quadrupled since 1980. The rise of COPD in women is closely tied to the tobacco industry’s success in target-marketing women.
The Common Reasons Disability Carriers Deny COPD Disability Claims
Many claims are denied because the disability insurance company says:
(1) There is no objective basis of the COPD,
(2) There is no objective basis for the restrictions and limitations assigned by your physician, or
(3) There is no causal relationship between your COPD diagnosis and/or your restrictions and limitations, and your inability to do your own or any occupation.
(4) There is no reason you can’t work in a sedentary capacity.
Nancy Cavey, who has 35 years experience handling disability cases, has successfully represented many policyholders with COPD. She overcomes a claims denial by working closely with you and your physician.
If you are ready to file a disability application and want to improve your chances of getting disability benefits, or if your claim for COPD disability benefits has been denied, it is time to call Nancy Cavey.
She offers a free initial consultation and welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your disability claim.
What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
COPD is a group of lung diseases that block your airflow. The leading causes of COPD include:
What Are The Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
The symptoms can include:
Your symptoms should be confirmed by spirometry, arterial blood gas testing and chest x-rays. A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) also can provide objective evidence of how COPD affects your ability to perform physical tasks.
How Do I Get The Disability Insurance Benefits I Deserve?
COPD can make it difficult, if not impossible, to do things around your home and work. If you no longer can work or your doctor has told you to apply for disability, before you apply for benefits, you should:
Your policy can include a self-reported limitation. It limits how long you can get benefits that result from self-reported symptoms, including problems with shortness of breath or fatigue. You’ll want to know what’s in your policy before you apply for benefits.
Contact Disability Attorney Nancy L. Cavey, Who Can Help You Regardless of Where You Live
COPD can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work. You owe it to yourself and your family to get help today! Nancy Cavey can review your policy and your medical records, and explain to you what your policy says and how to get your disability benefits. Call today for a free consultation at 727-894-3188.