Hematological disorders are very serious diseases involving your blood and circulatory systems. They include forms of anemia, such as sickle-cell anemia, as well as problems arising from an inability to properly produce the number of platelets your body needs, or for your blood to adequately coagulate. Many hematological disorders present significant risks of injury or death, and as a result, individuals with these conditions may be severely restricted in their daily activities. If they are affecting your ability to hold a steady job in a Massachusetts workplace, you may be eligible for assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). At Kantrovitz & Associates, our disability benefits attorneys can help you review your current condition to determine if an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a good option for you.Hematological Disorders and the Social Security Administration
Since hematological disorders can vary widely, the SSA does not have one cohesive listing addressing all possible blood diseases. Instead, they have identified many of the primary related conditions that individuals may face and have created individual listings for those disorders. For instance, both chronic anemia and hemophilia have separate listings. In most instances, to qualify for disability benefits under an SSA hematological listing, you will be required to show that your red blood cells or platelets are regularly found to be far below normal levels, or that you have received several blood transfusions as a result of your disorder in the past few months. For this reason, it is very important to keep good medical records, including a history of your recent hospital stays and any lab results you have received, if you are considering applying for disability benefits.
Even if you cannot qualify under one of the SSA’s specified medical listings, you may still be able to qualify by providing the SSA with a comprehensive overview of your medical condition and the limiting effect it has on your life. You must show that the disorder prevents you from performing any work currently available to you in any industry throughout the United States. This is called the residual functional capacity approach to benefits. While more challenging, it is another means of seeking the financial assistance you deserve.Appealing a Denial of SSDI
If you have recently filed an application for SSDI and were denied, it is important that you consult with a qualified disability benefits attorney. A majority of all Social Security disability claims are denied at the initial stage, but many applicants find success with their claims on appeal. If you were denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal of your denial, which will require the SSA to reconsider your application. Even if your application is denied again when it is reconsidered, you can appeal again and obtain a hearing before an administrative law judge. This is often your best chance for obtaining benefits because you can make a compelling argument to the judge as to why your claim was incorrectly handled by the SSA. If you have recently requested a hearing or are contemplating it, your chances may be improved by working with an attorney who is familiar with the process.Discuss Your Social Security Application with a Massachusetts Attorney
If you are living with a hematological disorder that has limited your ability to enjoy life or pursue the work for which you are trained, applying for disability benefits can be an important step in helping you to regain control over your illness and the effects it has on your life. Obtaining SSDI can relieve you of the stress of searching for work that does not aggravate your hematological disorder or put you at greater risk, and it can free up more time and resources for you to devote to your health and healing. The Social Security attorneys at Kantrovitz and Associates are dedicated to helping individuals throughout Massachusetts pursue the benefits they deserve. Our Boston office serves people throughout the city and the surrounding communities, including the Merrimack River area and Plymouth, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. We also represent claimants from New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For more information, contact us at (800) 367-0871 or online.