Every bruise is cause for concern and every simple scrape or cut has you worried about significant blood loss. While another person may put a band aid over a cut and go on with her day, you don’t have that luxury. Instead, you are facing a medical emergency, and this significantly limits your ability to work. You can’t function like your peers because you have to be vigilant your safety. Accordingly, you are extremely cautious about what you do so that you don’t endanger your life.
Could You Qualify for Disability?
To qualify for disability benefits for hemophilia, The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you prove you are unable to function normally with your condition. You must also meet all of following criteria:
- Your condition is documented by appropriate laboratory evidence.
- You have experienced spontaneous hemorrhaging requiring transfusions at least three times in the five months prior to the SSA’s decision.
- You have evidence of severity other than just receiving prophylactic therapy such as antihemophilic globulin (AHG).
The SSA offers two additional possibilities for qualifying with hemophilia. You can:
- Prove that your condition is medically equal to a specific criterion in the Listing of Impairments. If you can prove that your medical condition is just as disabling as another condition specifically included in the Listing of Impairments then you may be eligible for Social Security disability.
- Establish that you qualify because of a medical vocational allowance. This will depend on your age, your medical condition, your education and your work skills and history. If the Social Security Administration finds that you can’t work at any job because of your condition then you may be eligible for benefits.
As we near the end of Hemophilia Awareness Month, please share this post on Facebook and Twitter so that others who are suffering from this condition can learn whether they may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. By sharing this post, you may make a significant difference in the life of someone suffering from this serious medical condition.
by Carl M. Weisbrod Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law