Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Heart Transplant

A heart transplant, or a cardiac transplant, is a surgical transplant procedure performed on patients with end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease when other medical or surgical treatments have failed. Combining the total number of transplants over the past 10 years, there have been 31,238 lifesaving heart transplants performed at hospitals across the United States. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.09 of the Blue Book.

Does Heart Transplant Qualify for Disability?

Generally, if you cannot work after a heart transplant surgery, you may be eligible for Social Security disability in one of the following ways:

  • You may be eligible pursuant to Section 4.09 in the Listing of Impairments (Blue Book). The Social Security Administration considers a heart transplant a qualifying disability for one year from the date of surgery. After one year post-surgery, you will need to qualify for benefits in another way.
  • You may be eligible pursuant to another section in the Listing of Impairments. If you qualify because of another cardiac condition in Section 4.00 of the Listing of Impairments or any other condition in the listing of impairments, you may recover benefits.
  • You may be eligible because your condition is equal in severity to another listing in the Listing of Impairments. If your symptoms have the same impact on your life as the symptoms of a condition described in the Blue Book, you may be eligible for benefits.
  • You may be eligible because you lack the residual capacity to work. If you are unable to work at any job because of the physical limitations of your health condition, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart transplant and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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