If you’re looking to apply for social security benefits regarding an hematological disorder, you should know that your condition is reviewed carefully by the Social Security Administration. Except for two lymphomas linked with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, The SSA examines malignant (cancerous) hematological illnesses such as lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma under the applicable categories in section 13.00. Primary CNS lymphoma associated with HIV infection is evaluated under section 14.11B, while primary effusion lymphoma associated with HIV infection is evaluated under section 14.11C. The Social Security Administration uses section 7 of the Bluebook to determine what specific hematological disorder that you may have.
The following is the specific hematological disorders that the bluebook covers in section 7:
- Hemolytic anemias – If you get aplastic anemia after a transplant, you’ll be eligible for disability payments for a year afterward. After that, you’ll be evaluated on a regular basis to see if you’re ready to return to work.
- Chronic Anemia – If you have chronic anemia, you must establish that you need a blood transfusion at least every other month to qualify for disability. Alternatively, your anemia could help you qualify for a different Blue Book listing.
- Chronic Granulocytopenia – To be eligible for benefits, your absolute neutrophil count must be below 1,000 cells per cubic millimeter for a long time, and you must have had three or more medically confirmed bacterial infections in the previous five months.
Chronic Thrombocytopenia – Your platelet count must be continuously below 40,000 per cubic mm to qualify. You must also have had intracranial bleeding (within the previous year) or spontaneous bleeding serious enough to necessitate a transfusion (within the past five months).
- Hemophilia and Coagulation Defects – This category encompasses hemophilia and a variety of other ailments. You must have had at least three bouts of spontaneous bleeding requiring transfusions in the previous five months to qualify for Social Security disability benefits with these conditions.
To be eligible for Hereditary Telangiectasia, you must have needed a transfusion three or more times in the previous five months.
- Myelofibrosis – You must also have chronic anemia (in which case it is examined using the criteria for that condition), recurring bacterial infections (at least three in the previous five months, each of which must be recorded), or osteosclerosis-related bone pain to qualify.
- Polycythemia Vera – Although this ailment is classified under hematological diseases in the Blue Book, it is always examined using other sections of the Blue Book. You’ll want to look up the section of the Blue Book that deals with the body systems that your Polycythemia Vera has affected.
- Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) – is a type of sickle cell disease that affect You must have experienced three or more crises in the previous year or three crises requiring hospitalization if you have sickle cell disease (or any variant). You may also be eligible if you are extremely anemic (hematocrit less than 26 percent) or if your sickle cell disease qualifies you for a separate classification.
Even if they aren’t officially specified, other hematological illnesses may qualify you for Social Security disability. When dealing with a condition that isn’t mentioned in the Blue Book, the SSA compares your disabling conditions to those that are listed and determines whether they match the same broad requirements or if they prevent you from doing any meaningful employment.Other conditions that meet the criteria for hematological diseases include:
- Transplantation of Bone Marrow
- Thrombosis of the Deep Veins
- Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) is a type of fibromuscular dysplasi
- Multiple Myeloma is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells.
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) are a type of cancer that affects the blood