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Monday, July 27, 2020

Social Security Administration Recognizes Blood Disorders As A Disability

There's a great new craze
That's sweeping the nation
Come on do the Circulation!

It starts with your heart,
What a great sensation,
Come on do the Circulation!

-School House Rock’s “Do the Circulation”

It’s not as well-known as the ditty about how a bill becomes a law, but “Do the Circulation” is a classic School House Rock hit. It emphasizes the importance the circulatory system plays in keeping us all moving.

People with blood disorders understand more than any of us how important a role the circulatory system plays in our daily lives. In fact, the Social Security Administration recognizes several hematological disorders that can qualify someone diagnosed with them for Society Security Disability benefits, including:

  • Hemolytic anemias, including sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and their variants.
  • Disorders of bone marrow failure, including myelodysplastic syndromes, aplastic anemia, granulocytopenia, and myelofibrosis.

How We Can Help Those with Blood Disorders

At the Seelig Law Group, we are dedicated to helping Manhattan residents who suffer from various kinds of blood disorders and all other disabilities apply for the benefits they deserve.

When an illness or condition is specifically listed by the SSA as a recognized disability like the blood disorders above are, we can quickly and efficiently guide the impacted party through the benefits application process, and if necessary the appeals process.

Individuals who are diagnosed with blood disorders that are not specifically included in the SSA’s list may still be eligible for disability benefits depending on their symptoms and their ability to complete day to day activities. In these cases, the SSA evaluates “your ability to function independently, appropriately, effectively, and on a sustained basis in a work setting. Factors we will consider… include, but are not limited to: your symptoms, the frequency and duration of complications of your hematological disorder, periods of exacerbation and remission, and the functional impact of your treatment, including the side effects of your medication.”

It is in these cases, where a particular disease is not listed by the SSA but the patient is clearly suffering, that the experienced attorneys on our team really roll up their sleeves and get to work.

We comb through medical records, correspond with health care providers, and can even help our clients find a specialist if that is necessary. Our staff fills out all of the necessary paperwork, and makes sure all the necessary documents are attached to the application.

If an application is initially denied and it is appropriate to appeal, we will file all appeals requests and represent our client at all the various interviews and hearings. Our attorneys will question witnesses and prepare all legal documents to support our client’s case. Even if a case is denied on appeal, we won’t stop. Our firm has taken cases to the Federal courts when we believed the SSA was incorrectly interpreting the law.

If you are suffering from a blood disorder that prevents you from working, the Seelig Law team wants to help you get the benefits and compensation you deserve. While this may be your first time working with an attorney, or applying for disability benefits, we have years of experience that we are ready to put to use on your behalf. Please contact our office today if we can be of service.


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