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Can you get Social Security Disability for POTS?

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2022 | SSDI

If you have been recently diagnosed with a condition called postural tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, then you know that it can be hard to get through a work day. While you may be fine on some days, others become difficult as you become dizzy from changing your posture. In some cases, you might even faint.

When POTS symptoms are at their worst, it’s possible that a person may not even be able to sit upright. While the condition itself isn’t necessarily life-threatening, it is dangerous for someone to stand and faint. Since there is no known cure for this condition, it is reasonable to see if there is another way that you can receive an income while focusing on your health.

You may be able to get Social Security Disability for POTS

It is possible to get Social Security Disability for POTS if you can show that you cannot maintain employment. In around 25% of all people with POTS, staying employed is impossible and seeking disability benefits is the correct course of action.

How can you prove your claim to the Social Security Administration?

When you make your claim, you should include as much information about your condition as you can. You’ll want to have diagnostic paperwork, a list of all your symptoms and other documents that show that you cannot work because of the severity of the condition.

To get SSDI, you will also need to show that you have worked long enough to qualify. If you’re under 24, then you need at least 1.5 years of work history in the three years prior to the disability. Between 24 and 31, you need to show that you worked at least half time since you turned 21. For those 31 and older, you need to show that you worked five out of the ten past years.

The rules for Social Security Disability Insurance are specific and will influence if you’re able to make a claim. If you’re not sure if you will qualify, you may want to look into the legal qualifications and get more information about your rights as someone with a disability.