SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Filing a Social Security Disability Application - How to File & the Information that is Needed by SSA
Do you need a Lawyer at the Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Facts about Triple Bypass Surgery and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1. Triple bypass surgery refers to coronary artery bypass surgery, which is known by a variety of other terms. The word "triple" at the front of the classification of bypass surgery refers to three arteries bypassed in surgery. Bypassing five arteries, called a quintuple bypass, or more than five, is not very common.
2. Coronary artery disease is the cause of bypass surgery. This condition involves damage to the heart’s major blood vessels – the coronary arteries. The damage is caused by the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries, narrowing them and restricting blood flow to the heart.
3. Coronary artery bypass surgery creates a graft from another vessel in the body, in order to bypass the damaged and narrow coronary arteries and use this other vessel to increase blood flow to the heart.
4. The graft, created from another leg or chest blood vessel, will be used to replace the damaged arteries by being attached to the artery above and below the area that is blocked or narrowed.
5. Since coronary bypass surgery is an open heart surgery that is usually performed with the heart stopped, it is typically only recommended as a treatment option in severe cases with more than one narrowed or blocked artery.
6. The first bypass surgery for coronary heart disease was performed in 1960, and the current method of grafting was created and performed only seven years later.
7. Although a quadruple bypass procedure may sound “worse” than having a single bypass procedure, the number of artery bypasses involved does not actually indicate the severity of the individual’s disease.
8. If the vessels are more damaged, the number of bypasses may be smaller due to the inability to find many useable grafting vessels. Just one damaged vessel on the main left side of the heart requires just two bypasses, but is the most life threatening.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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