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Hematological disorders and Social Security disability

It can be frightening to think of all the medical conditions that can fall upon us. Though many Floridians are thankful for their health and ability to live a normal life, many are forced to confront serious illnesses on a daily basis. These individuals may have trouble participating in family activities, doing the things they once loved and even earn a stable living. When a medical condition affects an individual’s ability to work, then he or she may face economic uncertainty.

One way to ease the strain of financial loss caused by an illness is to seek out Social Security disability benefits. In order to do so successfully, though, an applicant must understand how the Social Security Administration or SSA assesses his or her medical condition. Relatively recently, the SAA has recognized Hematological disorders as qualifying conditions for disability. Therefore, those suffering from these disorders may find this information new and helpful.

Under the SAA’s regulations, hemolytic anemias can qualify for SSD benefits. This includes sickle cell disease and thalassemia. However, to qualify as “disabled,” certain elements must be shown. For example, an individual can qualify for benefits if there is documented crises that are painful and require narcotic medication. These events must occur at least six times in a given year, and there must be at least a month between crises in order for them to count.

There are other ways that those suffering from these disorders can qualify for SSD, such as through low hemoglobin levels, but the process can be difficult to maneuver. To succeed in this arena, a filer needs to be prepared with medical documentation and persuasive legal arguments. By filing for Social Security benefits, those affected by serious illnesses may be able to find the compensation they need to reclaim their lives. This could make a world of a difference to those unable to meet their basic financial needs.

Source: Social Security Administration, “7.00 Hematological Disorders – Adult,” accessed on May 23, 2016

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