COPD Awareness Month is a good time to let patients and their families know that there is help available to them.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) November 09, 2012
Tampa Social Security disability benefits lawyer Larry Disparti said today that COPD Awareness Month in November should include increased awareness about benefits available to help those who suffer from chronic respiratory disease.
“The Social Security Disability program specifically lists COPD as a disease that qualifies an applicant for benefits,” said Disparti, who founded the Disparti Law Group, a Tampa law firm that focuses on handling Social Security benefits claims.
“But many COPD sufferers go without benefits they deserve and need because they are overwhelmed by SSD program rules and regulations that can be highly complicated,” he said. “COPD Awareness Month is a good time to let patients and their families know that there is help available to them.”
The U.S. COPD Coalition sponsors National COPD Awareness Month in November to help organizations and communities across the country increase the overall awareness of COPD, or “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
COPD, which encompasses bronchitis, emphysema and several other lung diseases, leads to serious, long-term disability and results in more than 120,000 deaths each year, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says. According to the NHLBI, it is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
More than 12 million people have COPD and 12 million more probably suffer from undiagnosed cases of COPD, the NHLBI says. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chronic cough, and rapid fatigue when performing simple tasks.
Disparti said the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires a variety of documents from applicants to show that they meet the SSA’s definition of disabled.
COPD patients must provide doctors’ statements attesting to their breathing capacity and ability to exert themselves. The SSA then tests applicants’ breathing ability and, based on a complex formula, determines what kind of work the applicant can do.
“The Social Security Administration says specifically that it will provide benefits for COPD patients, but it puts them through a rigorous application process first,” Disparti said.
The veteran Tampa Bay disability benefits attorney said people who suffer from COPD or other lung diseases that prevent them from working for a living should have less trouble obtaining the benefits provided by the Social Security system.
Disparti’s firm helps Florida residents obtain Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement Board disability and other governmental disability benefits. Its SSD attorneys also represent clients in appeals of benefit decisions.
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Tampa Social Security disability benefits and personal injury law firm that handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. Additionally, the firm provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims). The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and the South Florida communities of Tampa, Miami, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bonita Springs, Clearwater, Fort Meyers, Holiday, Naples and Port Charlotte. The firm features Florida offices at 1041 U.S. 19, Holiday, FL, 34691 (local phone 727) 934-7862) and 2203 N. Lois #830, Tampa, FL 33607 (local phone (813) 932-2942). To learn more about the Tampa Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091or use the firm’s online contact form.