Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It results from lung damage that occurs over many years. Once the damage is done, there is no undoing it. COPD cannot be cured. Its victims eventually die simply from not being able to draw a breath.
Most people with COPD contracted the disease by smoking. Genetic factors also play a role. But COPD also occurs in people who have had long-term exposure to other things that can irritate their lungs, like certain chemicals, dust or fumes in the workplace, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says. (This is known as “environmental exposure.”)
If a person has contracted COPD, they may be eligible for financial assistance for the years of medical expenses ahead of them through filing a Social Security Disability claim.
If you have been diagnosed with COPD and your initial claim for SSD benefits was denied, call the North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyers at Hardison & Cochran. We are dedicated to securing benefits for those suffering from COPD. Call us today at (800) 434-8399 or complete our online form for a free case review. We help clients throughout North Carolina, including in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Fayetteville.