If you were born with sickle cell disease, you know the impact it can have on your life. Whether you regular experience sickle cell crises, require regular blood transfusions, or feel the affects in other organs in your body, sickle cell disease has the potential for complications and impairments. These can keep you out of work and deprive you of the income you need to survive.
Applying for Social Security disability based on sickle cell disease may not be as straightforward as you may think. Although you know that you are impaired and unable to work as you need to earn adequate income, there is a lot of documentation that you must show in order to demonstrate the impairment caused by your condition.
Here is what you must show in order to qualify for and receive benefits:
- Documented painful crises that happen at least three times over the course of five months.
- Extended hospital stays more than three times in 12 months
- Severe or chronic anemia with 26 percent or less persistence of hematocrit
- A professional medical evaluation that documents the resulting impairment
While sickle cell disease is a life-threatening condition that may leave you unable to work as you used to, or at all, getting the financial assistance you need to cover your medical expenses and daily living costs is not easy. With help from a Social Security disability attorney in Massachusetts, applying for benefits may be easier. At Keefe Disability Law, we work with people like you to help fill out an application that has a greater likelihood of being approved for benefits. Contact us today at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how we can help you get the benefits you need.