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Can I receive SSD benefits for hematological disorders?

The Social Security Administration seeks to provide benefits to those who deserve them. There are a great number of different disorders and illnesses that are part of the listings for which claimants in Florida and across the country can be approved. One has to do with hematological disorders. If a person is suffering from a blood disease or condition, it is possible to be approved for Social Security disability benefits for illness.

With hematological disorders, the SSA will evaluate both malignant and non-malignant disorders. The non-malignant disorders include hemolytic anemias, disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis, and disorders related to bone marrow failure. Cancerous hematological disorders include leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. The non-cancerous hematological disorders involve disruption of normal function and development of clotting factor proteins, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

For a claimant to receive SSD benefits for a hematological disorder, the SSA must have various pieces of information. This will include one of the following: a lab report with a definitive test establishing that the hematological disorder is present that a physician has signed; or a lab report that has a definitive test establishing that the disorder is present and has not been signed by a physician along with a report from a physician stating that the claimant is suffering from the disorder. If neither of the above reports and tests are provided, the doctor must present a persuasive report regarding the diagnosis and that it has been confirmed by laboratory analysis.

The SSA will take steps to gather the necessary results of all the tests the claimant has been given. If the tests are expensive, invasive or complex, the SSA will not purchase them. Those who are suffering from hematological disorders need to be aware of how they can be approved for SSD benefits. For that, it is important to discuss the matter with an attorney experienced in helping claimants receive approval for disability benefits for a wide range of issues.

Source: SSA.gov, "7.00 Hematological Disorders-Adult," accessed on Dec. 28, 2015

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