Hematological Disorders and Social Security Disability Benefits

August 23, 2016

Hematological disorders are diseases targeting your blood. Hematological disorders do not affect everyone the same way. Anemia, bleeding disorders, abnormal blood clots, and blood cancers are among the most common hematological disorders. Because of how serious they can be, many are included in the Social Security Administration’s “blue book” of accepted medical conditions. If you develop a blood disorder and cannot work, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

Common types of hematological disorders

A lack of enough red blood cells in your body, malfunctioning red blood cells, or other diseases (such as kidney disease or cancer) cause anemia. Short breath, lightheadedness, abnormal heartrate, chest pain, ear sensitivity, headaches, and pale skin are some symptoms associated with anemia. In addition, there are different subtypes of anemia: iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin-deficiency anemia, aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia, and sickle cell anemia.

Bleeding disorders involve improper clotting. Proper clotting occurs when platelets (a type of blood cells) bond to form a sort of pad by the place of an injury, and blood proteins form a gel to keep the pad in place, stop blood from leaving the injury site, and help start the healing process. However, bleeding disorders generally prevent the whole healing process from happening because of malformed platelets, low numbers of proteins, or malformed blood vessels. Bleeding disorders also can cause heart attacks, strokes, excessive bleeding, and the like.

Blood cancers interrupt and the corrupt the development and function of your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets all are produced in the bone marrow to combat viruses and stop major bleeding.

Generally speaking, blood cancers are divided into three types: leukemia; lymphoma; and myeloma. Leukemia results from the swift making of malformed white blood cells and prevents anti-infection warfare and the production of red blood cells and platelets. Lymphoma prevents the removal of extraneous fluids and the production of immune cells and disables your immune system. Myeloma halts the proper production of antibodies and thus cripples your immune system.

Blood clotting is crucial as it ensures that excessive bleeding does not occur when injured blood vessels, in your veins or your arteries, are involved. Your body normally “dissolve[s]” clots after injured blood vessels are repaired. Nevertheless, occasionally, clots appear within blood vessels when it is unnecessary or do not dissipate normally.

Malformed clots in veins often hinder the blood flow from and to the heart and lead to pain and swelling. In some instances, malformed clots in veins depart from their initial position and journey from the heart to the lungs and stay fixed in the lungs, dangerously restricting blood flow. Symptoms of improper clotting include:

  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Short breath
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Impaired speech
  • Impaired vision
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Fever
  • Abnormal heartrate
  • Vomiting blood

Which hematological disorders are covered by the Social Security Administration?

Although there are a wide variety of hematological disorders, not every hematological disorder meets the health and disability criteria set by the Social Security Administration. The hematological disorders that meet the SSA’s criteria are aplastic anemia; myelofibrosis (too much tissue made by the bone marrow); abnormal blood clotting; sickle cell anemia; long-term thrombocytopenia (a major decrease in platelets); and granulocytopenia (in which a specific type of white blood cell that usually assists the immune system does not exist).

If you have a hematological disorder, you make a claim for Social Security Disability benefits by working with an experienced Philadelphia SSD attorney. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we help our clients get the benefits they need so they can live better lives.

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