Do people with heart problems usually get their Social Security claim approved on their first try?
Learn about the process Social Security uses to decide whether your heart condition is disabling and whether your Social Security claim will be approved.
Disability Claim Evaluation for Heart Patients
There are many different kinds of cardiac problems, everything from an occasional rapid heart beat to heart attacks to congestive heart failure. Some heart patients are approved on their initial claims, others are approved when they appeal, and still others don’t qualify because their conditions are not disabling as Social Security defines disability or disability does not last twelve months.
Whatever the type of cardiac problem you have, your Social Security claim will be evaluated under Social Security’s usual five-step disability evaluation process.
Denials for Short-Term Disability
In addition to determining whether your heart problems are disabling, the disability examiner will also make a determination about how long you will be disabled. Because cardiac conditions can improve with time or treatment, sometimes claims are denied because disability isn’t expected to last twelve months.
If your claim is denied because your disability is expected to be short term, but your disability has continued to be limiting, be sure to file a request for reconsideration within the sixty-day appeal period, even if you haven’t yet been disabled twelve months. This will protect your right to appeal again if you are denied again and your disability extends twelve months. If you have not already hired a Social Security disability lawyer, this would be the time to do so.
Two of our articles What Is Disability According to Social Security Disability Law? and How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Laws to Determine If I Am Disabled? provide more information about how your Social Security claim for heart problems could be handled. I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do? describes Social Security’s appeal process.