Social Security Disability Attorneys for Heart or Other Cardiac Conditions

If you’re suffering from heart disease or another type of cardiac condition and can no longer work, you might be entitled to social security disability benefits. The Indiana Social Security Disability attorneys of Hankey Marks & Crider can help you file your claim or appeal a denied claim. You should receive the payments you need to supplement your lost income and pay for your medical treatment.

Having a disability can disrupt your whole life and interfere with your daily routine. When you can’t support yourself or your family, it causes significant stress. You could face debt while paying your medical bills and worry about how you’re going to afford other expenses. At Hankey Marks & Crider, we have a team of dedicated social security disability attorneys that can help you recover the benefits you deserve so you can get back on your feet.

If you want to learn more about us or our services, call (317) 634-8565 for your free consultation.

Common Heart and Cardiac Conditions That Can Cause Disability

Cardiovascular disease is the term used to describe a range of medical conditions affecting the heart’s ability to function correctly. Common diseases include:

  • Heart attack – Also called myocardial infarction, where part of the heart muscle becomes blocked off to any blood supply.
  • Arrhythmia – Abnormal heart rhythm that occurs when the electrical signals in the heart become disturbed or interrupted.
  • Pericardial disease – Inflammation of the lining around the heart.
  • Stroke – The brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen, resulting in some brain cells dying.
  • Aorta disease – The aorta tears or widens, disrupting normal blood flow.
  • Heart valve disease – Problems arise in the heart’s valves, such as aortic stenosis, mitral valve prolapse, or mitral valve insufficiency.
  • Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – When blood clots break free from the vein and travel to the lungs.
  • Cardiomyopathy – The heart muscle becomes thick, big, or stiff, preventing it from pumping blood as usual.
  • Vascular disease – Various conditions can affect the circulatory system, which consists of vessels that carry blood through the body.
  • Coronary artery disease – A buildup of plaque hardens the arteries.
  • Rheumatic heart disease – Heart valve damage brought on by rheumatic fever.
  • Heart failure – The heart stops pumping as strongly as expected, causing the body to hold in water and salt.
  • Congenital heart disease – A problem with the blood vessels or heart that develops before birth and typically doesn’t show symptoms until childhood or adulthood.

Multiple causes and risk factors could exist for any of these conditions. It’s vital that you see your doctor if you experience any abnormal or worsening symptoms. If the symptoms are related to a disease or illness that affects your ability to perform your job, you could qualify for social security disability benefits.

What Type of Benefits Could I Apply for?

There are two types of benefits available if you have a disabling heart or cardiac condition:

  • Social security disability is for people unable to return to work due to their disability. Benefit payments come from the social security taxes taken from your paycheck while you worked. The amount of money you receive will depend on how many years you worked and your average monthly income before you developed a disabling condition. It might also be possible for your spouse and children to receive SSD coverage if you collect these benefits for over two years.
  • Supplemental security income is available to individuals and couples that aren’t eligible to apply for SSD benefits. Your payments come from general fund taxes and depend on your income and any assets you have. You must have limited income and resources to qualify.

Applying for SSD or SSI benefits can be confusing. There are various requirements you must meet, and the process can take months. It’s vital that you hire an experienced social security disability attorney as soon as your cardiac condition keeps you away from work. We can help you with the application process and protect your right to the maximum available benefits you deserve.

Applying for Social Security Disability

Your disability must last for at least six months before the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin issuing SSD benefit payments. However, that doesn’t mean you should wait six months before applying. Delays are common, and it could take months for the SSA to approve your application. As soon as you discover that your heart or cardiac condition affects your ability to do your job, you should file your claim.

There are three different ways you can apply for social security disability:

  • Call 1-800-772-1213
  • Online
  • In-person at a local Social Security office

Once you submit your claim, the Social Security office will review your application and decide if you’re eligible for coverage. Once they reach a decision, they will forward it to the state’s agency for review. The agency will submit their determination, and if the SS office agrees, you can start collecting benefits. If they deny your claim, you have the option to appeal their decision.

Appealing a Denied SSD Claim

If the Social Security Administration decides to deny your application for benefits, you can file an appeal. Typically, the appeals process must begin within 60 days of receiving the denial notice. You can find the reason for your denied claim and which type of appeal you must go through:

  • Reconsideration
  • Administrative law judge hearing
  • Appeals Council review
  • Federal Court review

You can file your appeal online or call 1-800-772-1213 for all types except the Federal Court review. That must be done by filing a civil suit with the federal district court.

Contact Hankey Marks & Crider

At Hankey Marks & Crider, our social security disability attorneys have more than 80 years of combined legal experience. We have represented countless clients in their SSD claims, appeals, and lawsuits.

We understand how debilitating a heart or cardiac condition can be. It can affect your quality of life and prevent you from performing any of your job-related duties. If you can’t earn your regular income, you wonder how you’re going to afford your medical bills and daily living expenses. It becomes a significant burden for you and your family.

You can count on the legal team from Hankey Marks & Crider to provide the legal services, guidance, and support you need to get through this overwhelming situation. Call us for a free consultation at (317) 634-8565 to discuss how we can help you seek the SSD or SSI benefits you need.