Complications and symptoms of a coagulation defect can make it difficult to work and make ends meet. If your impairment causes you to struggle to support yourself and your family in Pittsburgh, you might qualify for disability benefits. Depending on your work history and financial situation, these monthly benefits could include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green know how to get Social Security Disability for coagulation defects. We can help you fight for the benefits you need. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your initial application for benefits, we can navigate the appeals process for you. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Meeting the Medical Qualifications for Disability With a Coagulation Defect
The SSA requires you to have a severe impairment before you can qualify for benefits. One way to prove this is to provide medical evidence that you meet the criteria under one of the impairment listings in the SSA’s Blue Book. For most coagulation defects, you might qualify based on Section 7.08 – Disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis.
You will need to have evidence in your medical records to show you meet the criteria under this impairment listing. The documentation you need might include:
- Clinical testing to prove your diagnosis; and
- Proof of your treatment and the outcome; and
- Evidence of other therapies you tried and their outcomes; and
- A history of hospitalization related to your condition.
Some people who suffer from coagulation defects qualify based on Section 7.18 – Repeated complications of hematological disorders. If you suffer from complications of your condition that are not related to bleeding, this listing could allow you to qualify. These complications could include:
- Pain; and
- Joint issues; and
- Anemia; and
- Fatigue; and
- Issues with activities of daily living; and
- Problems initiating and maintaining social relationships; and
- Trouble completing tasks.
We recommend discussing your impairments with your doctor before you begin the application process. You can get your doctor to help your case by discussing whether you qualify under the Blue Book criteria and requesting that your medical records provide the necessary evidence to prove your impairment.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call (412) 661-1400
Getting Benefits Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
Even if you do not meet a Blue Book listing, you can still qualify for disability. You can also get approved for benefits based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your ability to complete everyday tasks. Your RFC gives the disability examiner assigned to your case a good idea about:
- The type of tasks you can handle at work; and
- How long you can work at one time; and
- How often you can work.
There are three ways the SSA can evaluate your RFC. The SSA can:
- Base your RFC on your medical records and application information; or
- Ask your doctor to evaluate your abilities; or
- Pay for an examination by an independent doctor who can evaluate your abilities.
You can let us help you file your application and avoid most of these problems. If you cannot work your last job, any previous job, or another job you might qualify for, you will likely get approved for benefits based on your RFC.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Most people focus on meeting the medical qualifications for disability, but there are technical qualifications you must meet before the local SSA field office forwards your application on to the next step in the process. If you do not meet all these criteria, the SSA will issue a technical denial without evaluating your medical need for benefits.
Some of the most common reasons we see our clients receive technical denials include:
- Leaving blanks on the application or making other common mistakes; or
- Providing incorrect answers on the application, often from entering information in the wrong place; or
- Using the wrong name, birthdate, or Social Security Number; or
- Failing to have the required number of work credits or recent employment to meet the requirements for SSDI; or
- Having a household income that is too high or too many personal assets to meet the requirements for SSI.
If you received a technical denial, we can figure out why and help you appeal the denial. Call us today to get started.
We Can Handle Your Disability Denial Appeal.
Unfortunately, many people who apply for disability receive a denial. Many of them meet the qualifications, but there is some issue with their application or they lack the evidence to support their claim. If the SSA denied your initial application, you have 60 days to request an appeal hearing with an Administrative Law Judge.
We can handle the appeals process for you, navigating the steps of the process and reducing the stress you face. We can:
- Request your appeal hearing; and
- Investigate why the SSA denied your claim; and
- Collect evidence to counter the denial; and
- Build a case for getting approved for benefits; and
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge; and
- Present your case and argue for approval of your benefits.
If we can get you approved for benefits during this process, you might also receive back pay dating back to the date of your date of disability. We could also get you approved for retroactive benefits based on when your disability started.
If the Judge does not approve your benefits during the appeals hearing, there are additional steps we can take to fight for the disability payments you need and deserve. Contact us today to discuss your situation. If your impairment is the result of a negligence accident, we might also be able to help you collect additional compensation and hold the liable party responsible for your damages.
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Talk to an Attorney About Getting Disability for Coagulation Defects in Pittsburgh.
If you need help filing your disability application or fighting a denial, Berger and Green is standing by to take your call. We can review your case and help you understand why the SSA did not approve your claim. We can also fight the denial, and try to get you approved for the full benefits you deserve.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a free case evaluation.