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MARFAN’S SYNDROME AND SSD BENEFITS

MARFAN’S SYNDROME

You can obtain a disability for Marfan’s syndrome. Marfan syndrome is a genetic connective tissue disorder that affects multiple body systems, including the skeleton, eyes, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, skin, and lungs. There is no specific laboratory test to diagnose Marfan syndrome. The doctor makes the diagnosis using your medical history, including family history and physical examination. The doctor will also evaluate the ratio of arm/leg size to the trunk size. Additionally, the doctor will do a slit lamp eye examination and order a heart test such as an echocardiogram.

The effects of Marfan syndrome can range from mild to severe. In most cases, the disorder progresses as you age. Most individuals with Marfan syndrome have abnormalities associated with the heart and blood vessels. Your heart’s mitral valve may leak, causing a heart murmur. Small leaks may not cause symptoms, but large leaks may cause shortness of breath, fatigue, and palpitations.

Another effect is that the wall of the aorta may weaken and cause an aortic dilation. This aortic dilation may tear, dissect, or rupture, causing serious heart problems or sometimes sudden death. The SSA will evaluate your Marfan syndrome under the appropriate body system criteria. For example, the SSA will look at Listing 4.10 to determine your eligibility for benefits. If you do not meet or equal a listing from SSA’s “blue book,” then the SSA can consider the functional limitations imposed by your impairment.

Marfan Syndrome phrase on the screen. Oncologist use cell technologies at office.

MARFAN’S SYNDROME FOUND UNDER LISTING 4.10

Listing 4.10 defines disability due to an aneurysm. Listing 4.10 states disability can be awarded due to an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches, due to any cause (e.g., atherosclerosis, cystic medial necrosis, Marfan syndrome, trauma), demonstrated by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, with dissection not controlled by prescribed treatment (see 4.00H6).

The listing under 4.00H6 describes what the SSA means when an aneurysm is not controlled.  An aneurysm (or bulge in the aorta or one of its major branches) is dissecting when the inner lining of the artery begins to separate from the arterial wall. The SSA considers the dissection not controlled when you have persistence of chest pain due to the progression of the dissection, an increase in the size of the aneurysm, or compression of one or more branches of the aorta supplying the heart, kidneys, brain, or other organs. 

Obviously, Marfan syndrome in its severe form creates disabling impairments, particularly in the heart. If you have treatment and diagnosis for this impairment, please contact Cannon Disability Law. We can help you apply for and win disability benefits.

MARFAN SYNDROME CAN IMPAIR YOUR RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY

What happens if you don’t meet or equal one of SSA’s listings? Can you still win disability benefits, even if you don’t meet listing 4.02? The answer is yes. But, only if your Marfan syndrome effects your residual functional capacity (RFC).

Your RFC is what you can physically do after taking into account all of your impairments. Your RFC determines your work capability. The categories of work are sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy. Each level of work has a specific definition. Sedentary exertional demands are less than light work demands, which are, in turn, less than medium. The SSA typically uses three definitions of work:  sedentary, light, and medium. These categories will be the most likely be the work categories that the SSA will use to determine if you can work at your old job or adjust to other work.

At the lower levels of you disability claim, a Disability Determination Services (DDS) physician will identify how your limitations prevent you from working. In other words, the DDS physician will outline your residual functional capacity by looking at your medical records. Find out more here about the importance of medical records in your disability case.

You also have the option to have a Residual Functional Capacity form filled out by your treating doctor. Your treating doctor knows more than anyone about your disability and the impact it is having on your ability to work. The SSA will consider your doctor’s opinion when determining whether you are eligible to receive benefits. Overall, having your doctor’s state that your Marfan’s syndrome disables you increases the chances of your benefits being approved.

CANNON DISABILITY CAN HELP YOU WIN YOUR SSD CASE

It can be difficult to prove to the SSA that your Marfan symptoms prevent you from working. However, Cannon Disability Law can help you win your Social Security disability benefits. We are happy to answer your questions and help you file your application for disability benefits. Contacting us and talking to us about your case is free.

We will not charge you for a consultation. Likewise, we will not charge you an attorney fee unless we win your case. If we do not win your case, you will not pay an attorney fee. There are costs to every claim and the client pays those costs. However, costs are minimal and typically involve paying for a copy of your doctor’s medical records.

In the past 30 years, we have won over $100 million in ongoing and past-due due disability benefits for our clients. You want to hire an attorney with the experience to win your case. Also, you an SSD attorney to help you  through the disability process. We have the experience you need to win your disability case. Additionally, we believe we are the best disability team to help you with your SSD case. Hire the best disability firm to help you apply for benefits and appeal your disability case. Contact us today.

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