All That You Must Know About Sleep Apnea Disability

Sleep Apnea Disability

Although sleep apnea may sound new to many people, some people might suffer from this disability without realizing it.

They may not be able to get enough sleep due to breathing disruptions. Most people are unaware of this problem and remain tired throughout the day due to less sleep. 

Some people also feel irritable, depressed, and have severe headaches during morning time that continues in the latter part of the day as well.

However, sleep apnea can turn out to be more dangerous and severe than just feeling restless or loud snoring. 

Sometimes an individual may experience a decrease in blood oxygen levels during the night, which is known as hypoxemia.

The decrease in the oxygen levels can lead to a severe condition termed pulmonary vascular hypertension, which causes high blood pressure in the veins responsible for carrying blood from the lungs to the heart. This condition causes an enlarged heart and sometimes even heart failure. 

Complications associated with Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea may sound new to many people. Although, some people might suffer from this disability as they may not be able to get enough sleep and face breathing disruptions.

Most people are unaware of this problem and remain tired throughout the day due to less sleep. 

Some people also feel irritable, depressed, and have severe headaches during morning time that continues in the latter part of the day as well.

However, sleep apnea can turn out to be more dangerous and severe than just feeling restless or loud snoring. 

Sometimes it may happen that when an individual stops breathing during the night the oxygen levels tend to decrease which is known as hypoxemia condition.

The decrease in the oxygen levels can lead to a severe condition termed pulmonary vascular hypertension which causes high blood pressure in the veins responsible for carrying blood from the lungs to the heart. 

This condition causes an enlarged heart and sometimes even heart failure. If you are in a dilemma whether your disability will qualify for getting the Social Security Benefits or not then seek help from a competent Social Security Disability Lawyer.

Does Sleep Apnea qualify for disability?

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be wondering if you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

To qualify for disability benefits based on complications from sleep apnea, you must show that you are unable to work due to your condition. You must also provide evidence that sleep apnea is the direct cause of your limitations. 

Unfortunately, there is no specific listing for sleep apnea in the SSA’s Blue Book of disabilities. However, if you meet the requirements for one of the listings that includes complications caused by sleep apnea, you may be able to qualify for benefits.

Other complications that are caused due to sleep apnea are fatal cognitive effects, behavioral issues, mood swings, chronic pulmonary hypertension, chronic heart failure, or cor pulmonale; that is, right-side heart failure.

If an individual suffers from one or all of these complications then he or she could automatically qualify for receiving the benefits for sleep apnea disability.

Listing 3.09 of the SSA’s Blue Book of disabilities specifies that chronic pulmonary hypertension will qualify inevitably for Social Security Disability Benefits if the pulmonary artery pressure is 40 mm Hg or greater.

Listing 12.02 includes mental disabilities, and what criteria are required to meet for the disability benefits. The mental issues can be memory problems, depression, anxiety, or intellectual difficulties. 

To qualify for Disability For Sleep Apnea under this listing, an individual must be showing a significant cognitive decline in complex attention, executive function, learning and memory, language, perceptual-motor, and/or social cognition, as well as either a certain degree of limitation in specified areas of mental functioning or a medical history of the mental disorder over a period of at least two years, with evidence of both medical treatment and marginal adjustment. For these reasons, you must also be able to produce records of medical treatment. 

If a person has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has not met the above-mentioned listings, then SSA will review the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) of the person.

An RFC assessment will determine a person’s capability to do some kind of work despite his or her medical condition. 

The SSA will analyze how tired a person is while doing work and how that is impacting their health.

If SSA discovers that you can do some kind of work, then SSA will deny your claim; otherwise, you will be eligible for getting the Social Security Disability Benefits for sleep apnea.

If you are uncertain as to whether your disability will qualify for getting the Social Security Benefits or not, then seek help from a competent Social Security Disability Lawyer. 

A sleep apnea disability lawyer will be able to help you through the entire application process and also represent you in court hearings, if needed.  

The social security disability attorneys at Chermol & Fishman, LLC have helped many individuals receive the disability benefits they need. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you!

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