The Sullivan Law Office focuses on the fact that every application for social security benefits is unique to the individual. The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance during the long and sometimes stressful gathering of personal information and medical evidence involved in the application process. Applicants should understand every necessary detail before they file an application and the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility. The assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable disability attorney may, therefore, be crucial to the approval of an application for disability benefits.

Applicants with congestive or chronic heart failure (CHF) must also have one of three symptoms. The first is the inability to perform an exercise tolerance test (ETT) at a workload equivalent to 5 METs or less due to certain difficulties. The second, persistent symptoms of heart failure that very seriously limit activities of daily living (ADLs), are required if the applicant would be at-risk during an exercise tolerance test, or third, the applicant has at least three episodes of heart failure and fluid retention within the prior 12 months that required at least 12 hours of emergency room treatment or hospitalization.

Many persons under 65 don’t qualify under the aforementioned listing. For them and others that don’t qualify under the Blue Book’s listing, the SSA will review the effect of a heart condition on an individual’s capacity to work or perform everyday activities.

The SSA will assess “residual functional capacity” (RFC), which represents the highest type (light, medium or heavy) of work that an applicant may perform. The RFC is used in conjunction with age, education level, and prior work experience, to arrive at a determination regarding disability.

An RFC typically includes a physician’s restrictions and functional limitations, such as the ability to stand or sit in one place for an extended period of time. If a limitation exists, an applicant may qualify for a sedentary RFC, which limit the types of jobs that may be performed by the applicant. Any necessity to change positions or take frequent rest breaks limits the types of jobs that an applicant may perform.

If an application for social security benefits has been denied, and you’re confused and frustrated because you don’t know why. Mike Sullivan understands. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.I Suffer From Congestive Heart Failure - Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Part 2: Symptoms And Qualifying Under A Functional Limitation