How To Be Covered By SSDI For Your Hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can create a wide range of other medical conditions for many sufferers. It's no surprise that many people are unable to work after a diagnosis. Read on for what you need to know to have your hypertension covered by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Once Applicants Are Diagnosed

Hypertension is unfortunately common among people but is known to be largely preventable. However, just because it can be prevented doesn't mean people don't suffer from it. Many people can also eliminate hypertension by attending to their diets, exercising, and taking medication. However, hypertension that persists regardless of efforts to remedy it could go on to cause even more serious problems including strokes, heart disease, and more.

What Applicants Should Know

If you are no longer able to work because of hypertension, take note of the following considerations:

  1. You cannot be covered for your medical disorder if you are working and earning income. Stop working before you apply.
  2. It's common for those suffering from hypertension to also develop other medical conditions. When you complete your SSDI application for benefits, list every medical condition you have been diagnosed with along with hypertension.
  3. Seek medical treatment for your medical conditions before you apply and then continue to see your doctor as needed. If you are turned down for benefits, you should be prepared to show that you have been in treatment constantly.
  4. List on your application everything you have tried to do to alleviate your conditions. For example, list your medications, your exercise efforts, diets you've tried, etc. The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to see that you have done what you can to help yourself get better.
  5. Your condition should make it impossible for you to attend to the tasks of your most recent job. It's a good idea to list your job tasks and comment on how your impairment affected your ability to perform those tasks. For instance, your hypertension medication might have made it difficult to maintain your energy level to get you through your workday.
  6. It can take a long time to hear back from the SSA after you apply so don't delay submitting your application as soon as possible.

It's very common for applicants to be turned down with their first application but don't let that deter you. You are entitled to an appeal hearing. Speak to a Social Security disability attorney. They can help you get benefits at your appeal. They can help you fulfill the requirements to show that you cannot work because of your hypertension.