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Respiratory disorders can severely impact an individual’s ability to breathe and perform daily activities. This blog post will discuss the respiratory disability rating scale used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to evaluate disability claims related to respiratory disorders.

Overview of Respiratory Disorders in SSA Evaluation

The SSA evaluates respiratory disorders that result in obstruction, restriction, or interference with gas exchange in the lungs. Disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and bronchiectasis are evaluated under specific listings.

Key Aspects of the Respiratory Disability Rating Scale

The SSA uses various tests and criteria to assess the severity of respiratory disorders:

  1. Spirometry: Measures air movement into and out of the lungs, focusing on FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in the first second) and FVC (forced vital capacity).
  2. DLCO Test: Assesses gas exchange across cell membranes in the lungs.
  3. ABG Test: Measures arterial blood gases, including oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
  4. Pulse Oximetry: Determines oxygen saturation levels in the blood.

Challenges in Meeting SSA Criteria

Applicants often face challenges in:

  • Undergoing and accurately interpreting complex medical tests.
  • Demonstrating that their condition meets or equals the criteria specified in the SSA listings.
  • Providing comprehensive medical evidence to support the severity of their condition.

Understanding the respiratory disability rating scale and the SSA’s evaluation criteria is crucial for individuals with respiratory disorders seeking disability benefits. It’s important to provide detailed medical evidence and to understand how these tests and criteria apply to your specific condition.

If you’re dealing with a respiratory disorder and need assistance with your SSA disability claim in Denver, contact Apex Disability Law, LLC. Our experienced team can guide you through the evaluation process and help you present a strong case for your claim.