The Social Security Administration specifically recognizes nine hematological disorders which often meet the criteria for eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. These nine are:
- Aplastic Anemias. If you suffer from aplastic anemia, your bone marrow doesn’t resupply you with red blood cells as it’s supposed to.
- Chronic Anemia. Simply having an anemic condition does not automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. You must show that it significantly affects your ability to perform work.
- Myelofibrosis. Your bone marrow produces excess tissue, which can lead to debilitating health issues.
- Coagulation Problems. Several conditions cause problems with blood coagulation. Hemophilia is the most common. These conditions cause bleeding which is difficult to control.
- Sickle Cell Anemia. There are several varieties of sickle cell, many of which can cause severe pain.
- Chronic Thrombocytopenia. This condition causes a significant drop in blood platelets.
- Abnormal Increase. Several conditions cause an unhealthy increase in either red or white blood cells. Many of these conditions are debilitating.
- Granulocytopenia. This condition causes a lack of a particular type of white blood cell, which affects the immune system.
- Blood Platelet decrease.
Other hematological conditions may qualify you for Social Security disability, even if they aren’t specifically listed. Generally speaking, when dealing with a condition that isn’t listed in the Blue Book, the SSA compares the conditions to conditions that are listed and evaluates whether your disabling conditions meet the same general requirements or if they hinder you from performing any meaningful work.
Other conditions that qualify under the hematological disorder’s evaluation:
- Bone Marrow Transplant
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Fibromuscular Dysplasia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Systemic Vasculitis