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When Working Isn’t in Your Blood: Hematological Disorders That Could Qualify for Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the fact that complications caused by certain blood disorders may be severe enough to warrant the need for disability. The SSA provides a list of the blood disorders it recognizes as well as the severity of symptoms needed in order to qualify for disability in its Listing of Impairments, otherwise known as the blue book.

Designated Blue Book Blood Disorders

Considering how the severity of any given blood disorder can vary widely from person to person, the SSA looks at the debilitating effects of complications rather than just a diagnosis of a condition. In other words, having a sickle cell disease diagnosis is not enough to qualify for disability; you must meet specific severity criteria for the disease. That said, the following conditions are listed in the blue book as having the potential to qualify for disability:

  • Sickle cell disease: serious disorder in which the body produces sickle-shaped red blood cells which block the flow of normal blood and oxygen throughout the body.
  • Coagulation defects: any type of disorder that either reduces the blood’s ability to clot (hemophilia), or causes dangerously excessive clotting (hyper-coagulation).
  • Anemia: condition that reduces the number of healthy red blood cells in your body, severely inhibiting your blood’s ability to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues.
  • Aplastic anemia: a disease in which your bone marrow and the blood stem cells that reside there are permanently damaged, causing weakened bone strength and durability, as well as decreasing blood function.
  • Chronic thrombocytopenia: a disorder resulting from an excessively low number of platelets (thrombocytes) in the blood.
  • Polycythemia vera: a disorder of the bone marrow that causes too many red blood cells to be produced.
  • Myelofibrosis: a serious bone marrow disorder that disrupts your body's normal production of blood cells.
  • Hereditary telangiectasia: a disorder that results in the development of multiple abnormalities in the blood vessels, disrupting blood flow and function.
  • Chronic granulocytopenia: a disease that drastically decreases your white blood cells, increasing your risks for infection and decreasing your ability to fight them off

Getting the Help You Need to Get Approved

Before filing a disability claim due to your blood disorder, contact us first. We’ll make sure you have all the necessary documentation. We know how to argue your case—it’s in our blood (so to speak). We won’t rest until you get the benefits you deserve. Call now for a free consultation and review of your claim.

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