Anemia

Anemia And Social Security Disability Benefits

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits If I Suffer From Chronic Anemia?
Is There A Specific Listing For Chronic Anemia?
If I Do Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits If I Suffer From Chronic Anemia?

Chronic Anemia is absolutely recognized by the Social Security Administration! If Chronic Anemia is preventing you from earning more than $1000 a month in gross wages for at least 12 months, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits (whether SSDI or SSI). When you apply for disability benefits with Chronic Anemia, the Social Security Administration will first determine whether your condition is severe enough to meet a listing. If you meet a listing, fantastic, you will be found disabled! If you do not meet a listing, the Social Security Administration will then evaluate your residual functional capacity (the most work that you can do despite your medical condition(s)) and determine whether you are entitled to disability benefits.

 

 

Is There A Specific Listing For Chronic Anemia?

The Social Security Administration recognizes Chronic Anemia under Listing of Impairments 7.02: Chronic Anemia. Below is the listing:

7.02 Chronic Anemia:
Hematocrit persisting at 30 percent or less due to any cause with:
A. Requirement of one or more blood transfusions on an average of at least once every 2 months;
OR
B. Evaluation of the resulting impairment under criteria for the affected body system

Listing 7.02 can be found on the government website. However, because most of the listing is structured using medical terminology, it can be quite difficult to know whether you will meet the listing. If you or a family member suffers from Chronic Anemia and are unable to work and want to know more about whether you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits (either SSDI or SSI), contact Social Security Defenders or fill out our free online consultation form.

 

 

If I Do Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Yes! If you do not meet Listing 7.02 and Chronic Anemia is preventing you from working, you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration will proceed with your case by evaluating your Residual Functional Capacity. To do this, the Administration will determine the most amount of work that you can do despite your limitations. They do this by dividing “work” into four different categories: heavy, medium, light, and sedentary. It is worth noting that there is sometimes a fifth category that is recognized for very heavy work; however, very heavy work is scarcely used. Whether a claimant wins his or her disability claim is greatly affected by which category he or she is ultimately put into. Being put into a lower category increases the likelihood that a claim is approved for Social Security disability benefits. For more information on residual functional capacity, feel free to visit an article we published on GoingLegal

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