Myelofibrosis is a disorder of the bone marrow that results from the overproduction of red blood cells. As a result, bone marrow is replaced with fibrous tissue, which can lead to weakness, anemia, and bone pain, among other symptoms. Myelofibrosis is considered a form of leukemia, and it may lead to further forms of leukemia down the road. It is a disorder that is largely incurable, and most treatments focus on reducing the symptoms and side effects of the disorder. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with myelofibrosis, you may be eligible for disability benefits if the effects of the disease greatly impair your ability to work. The Social Security lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates have extensive experience helping Massachusetts residents evaluate their current health conditions to determine if applying for government assistance may be a good choice for them.Applying for SSDI with Myelofibrosis
The Social Security Administration (SSA) currently recognizes myelofibrosis as a disorder that makes an individual eligible for disability benefits through its Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. As stated in the SSA’s book of impairments at Listing 7.10, people who suffer from myelofibrosis are eligible for a presumptive approval of their disability application if they exhibit certain criteria set forth in the listing. These include chronic anemia, at least three bacterial infections within a five-month span, or intractable bone pain that is evidenced by an MRI or other imaging device.
Alternatively, individuals whose myelofibrosis has affected a specific organ within the body, such as the liver, also may be able to apply under listings related to those organs. In either situation, the most important part of an application will be medical documentation that illustrates the full extent of the myelofibrosis and how specific symptoms meet the requirements set forth by the SSA. Thus, for instance, if you believe that you qualify for disability by meeting Listing 7.10 based on chronic anemia, you will need to submit medical documentation showing persistent low levels of iron in your blood tests.What to Do if Your Initial Application is Denied
When dealing with a complicated and rare disorder, disability claimants often find that, without extensive medical documentation, examiners are likely to initially deny their claims. Especially when symptoms are less readily substantiated through medical tests, such as bone pain, it may take a more concerted effort on your part to show that you are indeed disabled by the effects of your disorder. The SSA provides claimants with multiple opportunities to supplement or improve upon their medical record through several levels of appeals. You may file an initial request for reconsideration to have another disability examiner evaluate your application, and, if this is not successful, file additional appeals before an administrative law judge and in federal court. During appeals, it is important that you consult with a disability attorney to determine where there are weaknesses in your application that may be leading to denial and how to resolve them.Explore Your Options with a Government Benefits Lawyer in Massachusetts
When you are dealing with a disease or disorder that has a hidden but devastating impact on your physical health, establishing a disability claim may be more challenging than when physical limitations are well-established, such as with a stroke or loss of limb. At Kantrovitz & Associates, our government benefits attorneys understand these challenges and have helped numerous Massachusetts residents apply for SSDI based on countless different conditions and disorders. If you are currently considering a claim for disability benefits and live in the Boston metropolitan area, or nearby communities in New Hampshire or Rhode Island, contact us at (800) 367-0871 or through our online form.