Chronic anemia that does not respond to treatment or causes serious complications can prevent you from working and earning a living. If you cannot work enough to make ends meet because of your condition, you might qualify for disability benefits. Your benefits could include monthly income from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you need help getting Social Security Disability for chronic anemia, the team from Berger and Green is here for you. We will review your claim before you apply for disability, and our attorneys can help you fight a denial if the Social Security Administration (SSA) rejects your bid for benefits. Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for a free case review.
Getting Disability Based on Medical Evidence of Your Chronic Anemia
The SSA publishes an annual listing of qualifying medical impairments—and criteria you must meet to qualify—known as the Blue Book. In the past, there was a listing specifically for chronic anemia. While there are no longer criteria specifically for this diagnosis, you might still qualify for benefits.
The most common way you can get benefits for chronic anemia is by meeting the qualifications under Section 7.18 – Repeated Complications of Hematological Disorders. You might qualify if your medical records show you suffer from:
- Disabling pain; or
- Shortness of breath; or
- Severe fatigue.
You must also have evidence that you suffer from one of the following:
- Problems completing activities of daily living on your own; or
- Issues with social functioning; or
- An inability to stay on task and meet deadlines.
If you do not meet these criteria, you might be able to provide medical evidence that you meet another listing related to your complications. These complications might include:
We recommend discussing your condition and the related impairment listings with your doctor. Your medical records play a key role in helping you get the benefits you need, and your doctor can help ensure the proper evidence is available.
Getting Benefits If Your Condition Does Not Meet an Impairment Listing
In some cases, your condition might not meet the criteria under a Blue Book listing, but you still cannot work because of your disability. When this occurs, you might still be able to qualify for benefits based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your ability to work despite your impairments. The evaluation will determine:
- The type of work you can do; and
- How often you can work; and
- How long you can work.
If the SSA finds you cannot work any job you might be eligible for, you will likely get approved for benefits.
Your medical records and a statement from your doctor often play a crucial role in evaluating your abilities, so this is another reason we encourage you to discuss your claim with your doctor before you apply. In some cases, you might also need to undergo an examination with an independent physician as a part of your RFC evaluation. The SSA will pay for this appointment.
Avoiding a Technical Denial of Disability Benefits
Most disability denials come from the Office of Disability Determination Services, but some stem from issues discovered before your application ever reaches that point. Before forwarding your paperwork to a disability examiner, your local Social Security field office will review it and ensure it meets all technical qualifications. If it does not, you will receive a technical denial.
Some of the most common reasons we see for technical denials include:
- Leaving blanks on the application, filling in incorrect answers, or making other common mistakes; or
- Problems with Social Security Numbers matching names and birthdates; or
- Not meeting the work credit or employment history requirements for SSDI; or
- A household income that is too high for SSI requirements.
We can help you prevent a technical denial in some cases.
Let Us Help You Appeal a Disability Benefits Denial.
The SSA denies many of the SSDI and SSI claims it receives for disability benefits. Very few applicants get approval the first time they apply. Even qualifying claimants sometimes have to appeal a denial and fight for the benefits they need and deserve.
If the SSA denied your disability claim, you have 60 days to request an appeals hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. We can handle this step for you and navigate the rest of the appeals process on your behalf. This process includes:
- Investigating why the SSA denied your claim; and
- Collecting evidence to support overturning your denial; and
- Building a strong case for approval of benefits; and
- Helping you understand what to expect during your appeals hearing; and
- Representing you to the Administrative Law Judge; and
- Presenting a case for approval during your hearing.
Often, we can help our well-qualified clients get approved for their benefits during their appeals hearing. Approval also includes back pay and retroactive benefits, in most cases. If we do not get you approved at this step of the process, we will continue fighting for the monthly payments you need.
Talk to a Lawyer About Getting Disability for Chronic Anemia in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh disability team from Berger and Green will review your application before you submit it, or will fight for the benefits you need after a denial. We are ready to evaluate your case for free, and we can explain the next steps in the process. We might also be able to help you pursue a personal injury payout if any of your conditions occurred because of someone else’s negligence.
Call our office today at 412-661-1400 to discuss your case with a member of our team.