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Are People With High Blood Pressure Eligible For Social Security Benefits In Florida?

High blood pressure is one of the most commonly listed impairments on Social Security disability applications.  While some people with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), others with high blood pressure do not receive the same benefits. Surprised by this news? Actually, the SSA evaluates each case by looking at certain organs that are adversely affected by high blood pressure, such as:

  • Eyes
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys
  • Brain
  • Heart

By looking at the functional limitations that hypertension causes and not at the diagnosed term of high blood pressure, the SSA base their determination for denial or approval for disability benefits. This is because high blood pressure is not considered an illness, but does qualify for benefits if certain organs are damaged and if high blood pressure affects a person’s ability to work.

In some cases, those with severe hypertension have vomiting, nausea, headaches, confusion and vision problems. However, it’s not enough to just list these side effects or hypertension as the diagnosed term on a disability application. The SSA will be more concerned how elevated blood pressure limits a person’s ability to work or daily activities.

People struggling with high blood pressure in South Florida may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits; however, the application for benefits must be filled out correctly. Strong evidence needs to be provided that demonstrates to the SSA how high blood pressure affects an individual’s ability to perform certain tasks and limits his or her ability to work.

Getting Social Security Benefits for High Blood Pressure

After applying for disability benefits, the SSA will request a person’s medical records in order to analyze a claim. For this reason, prior to applying for benefits, individuals with high blood pressure will want to make sure that their medical records contain:

  • Hypertension diagnosis
  • Blood pressure readings taken by doctors
  • Results of kidney function test or any other relevant test
  • Any treatments or medications they have tried
  • Symptoms they experience due to high blood pressure

In order to have these findings in one’s medical records, individuals with elevated blood pressure need to make sure they have reported their symptoms to their doctors on each and every visit and that the doctor understands how their condition impacts their ability to work.  However, those who wish to be approved for benefits can also submit their own evidence and records along with the application to the SSA.

For help making sure your claim for Social Security disability benefits in Florida is strong and that the application is filled out correctly, it is best to engage a skilled South Florida Social Security disability attorney. A lawyer at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for. Call today for a free legal consultation at 954-677-0155 and request a free copy of our book Can’t Work? Maneuvering the Social Security Disability Claim’s Maze.

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