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Blood Disorders: How They Meet Disability Criteria

by | Aug 3, 2023 | SSD - Social Security Disability Benefits For Illnesses |

Hematological disorders treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplantationyou will be considered under a disability for at least 12 consecutive months from the date of transplantation. After that, SSA will evaluate any remaining impairment(s) under the criteria for that affected body system.

Repeated complications of hematological disorders  – these can include certain complications listed elsewhere in the rules, but without the necessary findings for those disorders. Other complications may also include anemia, osteonecrosis, retinopathy, skin ulcers, silent central nervous system infarction, cognitive or other mental limitation, or limitation of joint movement. These must result in significant, documented symptoms or signs (for example, pain, severe fatigue, malaise, fever, night sweats, headaches, joint or muscle swelling, or shortness of breath), and one of the following at the “marked” level:

  1. Limitation of activities of daily living
  2. Limitation in maintaining social functioning
  3. Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace.

These rules are complex and require specific documentation. Working with an experienced attorney can significantly improve your chances of proving your case if you have complications from a blood disorder.



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