Sleep Apnea Disability

Social Security Common Conditions: Sleep Apnea

by Staff | June 20th, 2014

The Social Security Administration has a list of hundreds of conditions that can qualify individuals for Social Security Disability benefits, but a condition that has gained attention lately is sleep apnea. The condition affects more than 18 million Americans, and the number of diagnosed cases has grown more than 100 percent since 2009.

Sleep apnea is recognized by the patient’s involuntary cessation of breathing with asleep. A person suffering from a sleep apnea disability can stop breathing hundreds of times throughout a night’s rest, sometimes for up to one minute. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a series of diseases and problematic conditions such as:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Experts say a specialized piece of medical equipment—known as a CPAP machine—is one of the best options available. The device works by forcing oxygen into a patient’s airways, preventing them from closing while sleeping. This ensures the patient receives sufficient oxygen throughout the night, allowing them to stay asleep and get plenty of rest.

Even with this treatment, the condition may leave patients unable to work. In fact, Liberty Voice reports nine out of 10 veterans who suffer from the condition are considered at least 50 percent disabled.

If you are unable to work due to sleep apnea, the Social Security Disability attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would encourage you to give us a call to discuss your situation and any questions you may have regarding your rights to benefits.