Heart attacks happen with little notice and can be devastating. When minor, many people are back on their feet within days. This includes returning to work. When they are severe, the injuries suffered can cause the patient to miss significant time at work or even lose his or her life. Here is a brief guide on applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) after a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and (CDC), more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Of that number, more than 210,000 are suffering their second heart attack. The effects of a heart attack are not severe enough to qualify for SSD, but there is a way to acquire these benefits.
If you suffered a heart attack and have lasting effects of coronary disease, putting you out of work for 12 months or more, then you can apply for these benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If these benefits are approved you can use them to pay for expenses, pay medical costs and provide you with a steady income.
In order to apply for benefits with the SSA, you will need to provide the agency with the following:
– Medical history and contact information for all health care providers.
– Financial records that include income history, assets, balances of bank accounts and proof of any other benefits you receive.
– Level of education and work history along with specialized job training.
The medical records you submit to the SSA must include the following:
– Report from doctor that details at least three months of observations regarding your treatment.
– Results of cardiovascular tests.
– Results of imaging tests.
– Reports for any surgeries undergone for procedures related to this issue.
Make sure all forms sent to you by the SSA are completed promptly, accurately and by your doctor so as to avoid any mistakes.