Suffering a heart attack can be a life changing event. A heart attack may leave you out of commission during your recovery period and big lifestyle changes are typically necessary as a result of a heart attack.
In many cases, you will be unable to work during your recovery period after the heart attack, which can add to your stress considerably. The good news is, you may potentially be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits to provide income to support you and your loved ones. However, you will not automatically receive these benefits just because you had a heart attack.
A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to determine if you should be eligible for disability income on the basis of your condition. You should give us a call to find out about getting benefits as soon as you can after your heart attack so we can work with you to prove your eligibility and maximize the chances your benefits claim will be approved.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits After a Heart Attack
Although a heart attack is a very serious medical event, it's a one-time event and Social Security Disability benefits are available for people with a long-term disabling condition. A heart attack, therefore, is not what qualifies you for benefits.
Instead, you may have an underlying heart condition that could make you eligible to receive disability income. For example, coronary artery disease is one of the most common causes of a heart attack. Coronary artery disease could qualify you for disability income under the ischemic heart disease listing in section 4.00 of Social Security's "blue book."
The blue book is a listing of impairments that typically make you eligible for benefits. Since ischemic heart disease is listed, if you have this condition and can prove you have the associated symptoms, you should be eligible for benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can assist you in proving eligibility so you can get income coming into your home during your recovery.