You live with the symptoms of pernicious anemia in Massachusetts, day in and day out. You know how disabling they can be and how difficult they can make it to work in the job you once held. However, in spite of pernicious anemia impacting your life, you were still denied the Social Security disability benefits you need.
Understanding the Social Security Disability Listing for Pernicious Anemia in Massachusetts
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a specific listing for pernicious anemia. In order to qualify under this listing you must show that you have been diagnosed with pernicious anemia, impaired in at least two extremities, such as your hands or your feet, and have not shown signs of improvement even after treatment.
If you showed all of these main criteria but were still denied, you have the opportunity to apply. When you do, it is critical to show the specific symptoms that limit your ability to work.
Disabling Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia
To qualify under the SSA’s listing for pernicious anemia, you must show that your symptoms disrupt your ability to work. This means that you must show symptoms that are severe enough to prevent you from working on an ongoing basis. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Loss of balance that stops you from being able to lift or carry items
- Numbness in your hands that stops you from being able to write or perform sedentary work
- Confusion or lack of focus that stops you from being able to perform tasks in the expected manner
- Depression that limits your ability to engage with other people, such as coworkers or customers
If you were denied, but you suffer from these or other disabling symptoms—such as paralysis or tremors—you should appeal your Social Security denial. To increase your chances at being approved, it is recommended that you do this with the help of a Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney at Keefe Disability Law. To get started, fill out the application form on this page and an attorney will contact you to start your appeal process.