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Obtaining SSD benefits for a blood disease

Living with certain medical disorders can be challenging. Specific life events could worsen the condition, or certain activities could aggravate the illness even further. Living with a blood disease can be challenging for some New York residents; however, individuals with such a disorder should understand that they have options and resources available to them.

Blood disorders or hematological disorders, which is what the Social Security Administration refers to them as, can be either non-malignant or malignant. With regards to non-malignant, this refers to disorders such as hemolytic anemia, thrombosis, hemostasis and disorders of bone marrow failure. These non-cancerous disorders will disrupt the normal development and function of white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and clotting.

Malignant blood disorders include lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma. However, there are two exception for lymphomas associated with HIV infection. Whether a person is suffering a malignant blood disorder or not, those seeking Social Security disability will need to provide evidence that he or she has the listed blood disorder. Such evidence includes a laboratory report that establishes the disorder that is either signed or verified by a physician, a persuasive report from a physician that diagnoses the applicant with the blood disorder or a compilation of any and all obtainable laboratory testing results.

Whether your blood disorder is congenital or acquired, the SSA characterizes each type of blood disorder. An applicant must not only prove that he or she has such a disorder but also that the disorder is significantly impacting his or her life by making it difficult to maintain a job.

When an individual is unable to work due to a medical disorder, it can be difficult to meet basic living needs or even obtain the medical care he or she requires. In these situations, it is imperative that they understand it is possible to recover SSD benefits.

Source: Ssa.gov, "7.00 Hematological Disorders-Adult," accessed April 23, 2017

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