6 Tips for Winning Your Disability Appeal for Chronic Anemia

Even though you may believe that your chronic anemia is so disabling that you are unable to go to work this does not mean your claim for disability benefits will be approved. If your claim for chronic anemia was denied, you can file an appeal.

Here are 6 tips you should follow to win your disability appeal with chronic anemia.

The six tips you should consider following when you lodge an appeal for disability claims for chronic anemia are as follows:

  1. Add more medical evidence;
  2. Provide an hour by hour of daily activities;
  3. Undergo more tests and provide the test results;
  4. Include the blue book listing;
  5. Undertake an RFC.
  6. Speak to a disability lawyer.

1. Add More Medical Evidence

The sort of medical evidence you can add may include a report compiled by your doctor explaining the debilitating nature of your chronic anemias. At the medical examination make sure you tell the doctor about your symptoms. These could include any of the following as chronic anemia is related to decreased oxygen-carrying capacity:

  • weakness,
  • fatigue,
  • shortness of breath,
  • angina,
  • heart failure.

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2. Provide an Hour by Hour of Daily Activities

By providing an hour by hour list of your daily activities including what help you have needed to take part in these activities helps to indicate the level of your disability. Many of the symptoms of chronic anemia may make it difficult to go about your normal life without any help from someone else. Make sure you mention this in your disability benefit’s appeal’s letter.

3. Undergo More Tests and Provide the Test Results

Several tests may be used as follow up to abnormal results of initial tests such as a full blood count and blood film examination to determine the underlying cause of your chronic anemia. The complete blood count (CBC) counts the number of blood cells. Red blood cell morphology determines the size and shape of the red blood cells which determines the cause of the chronic anemia.

4. Include the Blue Book Listing

The Social Security Administration (SSA) includes anemia in its Blue Book of impairment listings. The listing requires that your red blood cell count be persistently 30% or less and that you undergo a transfusion on average every two months.

5. Undertaking an RFC

RFC stands for "Residual Functional Capacity" and refers to the maximum you are able to do with the physical/psychological impairment from chronic anemia. The Social Security Administration (SSA) assesses RFC capacity case-by-case and only after the examination of all medical records has taken place.

The reason for an RFC is to calculate your present limitations which stop you from meeting the physical, sensory, mental and other requirements of going to work. The RFC questionnaire is typically completed by a DDS (Disability Determination Services) physician. However, if you can get it completed by your own physician instead you may have a better chance of winning your disability appeal.

6. Speak to a Disability Lawyer

Winning a disability benefits appeal is never easy but asking a disability lawyer to represent you at the appeal for your chronic anemia will give you a greater chance of their being a successful outcome.

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