Heart Attack and Disability

A heart attack is a condition in which blood flow to the heart is blocked by fat, cholesterol or calcium. This hinders the blood vessels that carry oxygen to the heart from doing their job, causing muscle damage. This often leads to a blood clot and, ultimately, the heart attack. One can sometimes tell when a heart attack is coming through such signs as chest pain, shortness of breath, pain on the left side of the body, fatigue, vomiting and heart palpitations. Those with bad heart history or other conditions of poor health are often at high risk of having a fatal heart attack.

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, you may well want to apply for Social Security disability compensation for your suffering. However, you cannot receive Social Security just for having a heart attack. If the attack was a minor one and caused little damage to your heart, you will not be able to receive Social Security. The Social Security Administration awards those who have been disabled to an extent that they are missing a significant amount of work or are unable to do something they were physically able to do before. In many modern cases, especially in circumstances in which the victim of a heart attack has had no previous heart problems, a quick full recovery is common. Therefore, many heart attack applicants are refused Social Security.

The entire point of disability benefits is to serve as a replacement for the wages lost due to the inability to work. If you are unable to work due to a heart attack, or if you have questions about the qualifications to receive disability benefits for such a condition, call experienced disability lawyer Nick Ortiz at 850-308-7833.