You are used to living with uncertainty. As someone who suffers from hemophilia, you know that the slightest bump, slip, or misstep could result in a dangerous amount of bleeding. You have to take extra precautions to prevent both internal and external bleeding. You are careful to take your medications as prescribed and to avoid unnecessary risks. Unfortunately, hemophilia is currently incurable and there is so much that is beyond your control. It can be overwhelming—and extremely dangerous to go about your regular activities, including work.
But If You Can’t Work, How Will You Pay Your Bills?
Social Security disability benefits may be an option for you if you suffer from hemophilia. You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you prove that one of the following is true:
- You meet the requirements in Section 7.08 of the Listing of Impairments. People with severe cases of hemophilia may qualify for disability benefits pursuant to this listing. In order to qualify, you must have complications that require at least three hospitalizations within a 12 month period that occur at least 30 days apart. Each of your hospitalizations must have lasted at least 48 hours (including time spent in the emergency room or a comprehensive hemophilia treatment center immediately prior to hospitalization.)
- Your condition is equal in severity to a listing in the Listing of Impairments. Even if you don’t meet the requirements of Section 7.08 or any other entry in the Listing of Impairments, you may still qualify for disability benefits if you can prove that your condition has the same practical effects on your life as a listed condition.
- You are unable to work because of your medical condition. If you lack the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for disability benefits.
Even if you are sure you qualify in one of these three ways, you should still expect to face a difficult process as you are trying to get your Social Security disability application approved.
Don’t Handle This Yourself
Instead, you can minimize your frustration and maximize your chances of getting your disability application approved by working with a board certified Social Security disability lawyer who will fight for your fair recovery. To learn more about how we can help you get the benefits you deserve, please read our free Social Security Disability Fact Sheet or call us directly to schedule an initial meeting.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.