Your blood carries nutrients, oxygen, and more to all areas of the body. When you suffer from a hematological illness, or blood disorder, getting the proper nutrients and oxygen to your organs and brain might become slowed or impossible. When this happens, you may become impaired and unable to work.
If you have a hematological disorder but are not sure if it is covered under Social Security disability, you may be hesitant to apply for benefits when you need them. To help, here are the top hematological disorders covered under Social Security.
- Anemia. Not all types of anemia are covered by Social Security benefits. However, if your anemia has caused an impairment that prevents you from being able to work, you may be eligible to receive benefits. For example, if your blood is unable to carry sufficient oxygen, the impairment can leave you unable to work.
- Persistent blood ailments. Conditions that last for longer than three months may also be covered. This applies to any type of blood disease that leaves you impaired and unable to work.
- Sickle cell disease. This hereditary blood disorder is characterized by misshapen blood cells. The abnormal shape of these blood cells can have a serious impact on a person’s ability to work and may impair their ability to earn a living.
- Coagulation defects. Any type of inherited coagulation disorder may be considered an impairment that makes you eligible for Social Security disability. This must be demonstrated through certain forms of laboratory evidence.
Each of these hematological disorders has specific sub-disorders that may or may not be covered. If you are uncertain of whether or not you are eligible for coverage, or how to apply for this coverage, it may be within your best interest to seek guidance from a Massachusetts SSI attorney. Contact us today at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how we can help you apply for Social Security based on your blood disorder.