Some hematological (blood or plasma related) conditions are among the most serious disabling disorders. The Social Security Administration specifically recognizes nine hematological disorders which often meet the criteria for eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. These nine are:
- Aplastic Anemias. If you suffer from aplastic anemia, your bone marrow doesn’t resupply you with red blood cells as it’s supposed to.
- Chronic Anemia. Simply having an anemic condition does not automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. You must show that it significantly affects your ability to perform work.
- Myelofibrosis. Your bone marrow produces excess tissue, which can lead to debilitating health issues.
- Coagulation Problems. Several conditions cause problems with blood coagulation. Hemophilia is the most common. These conditions cause bleeding which is difficult to control.
- Sickle Cell Anemia. There are several varieties of sickle cell, many of which can cause severe pain.
- Chronic Thrombocytopenia. This condition causes a significant drop in blood platelets.
- Abnormal Increase. Several conditions cause an unhealthy increase in either red or white blood cells. Many of these conditions are debilitating.
- Granulocytopenia. This condition causes a lack of a particular type of white blood cell, which affects the immune system.
- Blood Platelet decrease.
Additionally, you may apply for Social Security Disability on the basis of any physical or medical disability condition (including blood disorders) which leaves you completely unable to perform any of the work which you have done in the past. In order to qualify, you must also prove to the Social Security Administration that your condition prohibits you from being reasonably trained to performa different kind of work. You must also demonstrate (usually via your doctor’s statement and your medical records) that you anticipate being disabled for at least a year or that your disability is likely to end in your death.
If you suspect you may have a blood condition which could lead to permanent disability, contact the Social Security Administration and inform them that you intend to file for disability. Even if you don’t actually file for disability until much later, this establishes a protected filing date for you. Down the road, should you file for disability because of your hematological condition, you may be entitled to back pay dating back to when you made your intent to file known. This can mean thousands of dollars worth of disability payments which you would have missed out on had you not made your intent known.
After you have filed intent, you should consult your doctor regarding your condition and their opinion regarding whether your condition could qualify as completely disabling. Much of the SSA’s rendering on your case will be based on your doctor’s recommendations and observations. Having your doctor’s support can have a big impact on the outcome of your claim.
You should also consider finding a Social Security Disability lawyer. You are entitled to representation by a qualified lawyer from the time you apply for Social Security Disability benefits all the way to Federal Court, if necessary.
Your Social Security Disability attorney can help you through each step of the claims and appeals process. Best of all, they are paid from a portion of your back pay, so you only pay them after you have been awarded Social Security Disability benefits, and you don’t pay out of your pocket.
Regardless of which blood disorder you have, if you are permanently disabled, chances are that you need to start collecting your Social Security Disability payments as soon as possible. And your best chance of being accepted for Social Security Disability lies in having a disability attorney who specializes in helping people with disability claims working with you.