Do respiratory illnesses qualify for disability benefits?

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2023 | SSDI

A respiratory illness can make it challenging to perform physical tasks, concentrate or maintain regular attendance at work. However, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Securing assistance can be complex. Understanding the steps involved can significantly ease your journey through the application system.


Before embarking on the SSDI application process, you must know the qualification standards. In Florida, your respiratory illness must be severe enough to impede your ability to work. Disability benefits are for long-term or terminal conditions.

The Social Security Administration refers to a comprehensive guide called the Blue Book, outlining various impairments that qualify for SSDI. Familiarize yourself with the specific criteria for your condition, as meeting these benchmarks is essential for a successful application.

Work credits

To qualify for SSDI, you must have accumulated sufficient work credits through your employment history. The number of required credits depends on your age at the disability onset. Review your work history and Social Security statements to ensure you meet the financial eligibility criteria.


Collect medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans and test results. Ensure your records are up-to-date and comprehensive. You need to show the severity and persistence of your respiratory illness.

Initiate the SSDI application process by filing an online application through the Social Security Administration’s website or visiting a local Florida Social Security office. Pay close attention to the questions and provide detailed, accurate information. Submit all required documentation promptly to avoid delays in processing.


The SSDI approval process may take several months. Data shows that 43% of initial applications receive denials. If the Social Security Administration rejects your request, you have 60 days to file an appeal for reconsideration. You have additional legal options if the new examiner also denies your application.

Many respiratory conditions qualify for disability benefits. Understanding the intricacies of the SSDI qualifications and application process helps you navigate the system effectively.