Anemia is a medical condition that occurs when a person does not have enough hemoglobin, or healthy red blood cells. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness and trouble concentrating. Those suffering from this condition may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, depending on the severity of symptoms.
Qualifying for Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) includes anemia in its Blue Book of impairment listings. The listing requires that your red blood cell count be persistently 30% or less and that you undergo a transfusion on average every two months.
In order to qualify for SSD benefits, applicants need to document blood transfusions. Ensure your physician includes this information in your medical records every time you visit the doctor or receive a treatment.
It is also possible to qualify for disability benefits if you suffer from a condition that is caused by anemia and is listed in the Blue Book, such as cardiovascular or respiratory problems. Some underlying conditions that cause anemia also qualify for disability, such as advanced kidney disease.
Other Ways to Qualify for Anemia Benefits
If you do not meet the disability listing requirements, you may still be able to qualify for benefits if you can provide evidence that you cannot work due to diminished physical capabilities. While minor types of anemia are easier to control, more severe types can be disabling. Extreme fatigue and shortness of breath may make it impossible to maintain employment due to a job's physical demands.
To determine if you can work with anemia, the SSA will ask that you complete a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) test. Combined with your age, education and work background, the RFC gives the SSA a formula to assist in determining your disability level.
Filing for disability can be complicated and people are often denied because of simple mistakes. A disability attorney can help ensure your application is accurate and complete, greatly improving your chances of getting benefits.
If you have been diagnosed with anemia and need help filing for SSD benefits or have been denied benefits, contact a Social Security Disability attorney at Dayes Law Firm PC today. They will review your case for free and assist you with filing an appeal or filling out an application.