Childhood Blood Disorders That May Qualify for Social Security Disability and What You Need Know About Applying
Here we list and discuss the hematological (blood) disorders in children that are considered to be a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
What Blood Disorders Qualify for a Childhood Disability Rating?
For children, the SSA lists two types of hematological disorders in its Listing of Impairments: non-malignant (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous).
Approved non-malignant disorders include:
- Hemolytic anemias
- Thrombosis disorders
- Hemostasis disorders
- Bone marrow failure
Approved malignant disorders include:
- Multiple myeloma
How Does a Child Qualify for a Hematological Disorder?
The following evidence must be presented to the SSA to prove that your child has a blood disorder:
- A lab report that shows, definitively, that the child has a hematological disorder. This must be signed by a doctor.
- If your report is not signed by a doctor, you must also provide a report from a physician that clearly states that the child has the disorder.
- If you do not have a definitive lab report, your doctor must provide a persuasive, factual report. This report must state that your child’s diagnosis was confirmed by either a lab analysis or other diagnostic methods. It’s important to note that this report must, without exception, state that the child had the appropriate diagnostic tests with the results shown, or explain which diagnostic methods were used.
- The SSA will make an effort to obtain any results of appropriate lab testing that your child has had. However, they state that they will not purchase tests they consider to be “complex, costly or invasive.” These include clotting-factor proteins and bone marrow aspirations.
In addition, the SSA will look at your child’s symptoms. However, these symptoms are only considered if the above tests and documentation are in order. Symptomatic evidence is not enough on its own.
What This Means for You
In a nutshell, you will need extensive and clear evidence that your child has an approved, listed disorder. Getting this evidence can be difficult, especially if your current physician hasn’t provided such evidence in the past.
We strongly suggest that you speak with an attorney experienced in the disability application and appeal process in Massachusetts. Doing so will save you time and lift some of the burden of proof off your shoulders. Your attorney can take over; gathering proper evidence, filing your claim or appeal and dealing directly with the Social Security Administration while you do the important job of taking care of your child.
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