When a North Carolina resident is diagnosed with a serious and debilitating illness, it will inevitably impact multiple areas of their life. Getting medical treatment to address the issue, working and functioning on a day-to-day basis can not only be difficult, but it can inhibit the healing process and negatively impact the chance at recovery. For those who meet the federal requirements, Social Security disability benefits can be a critical part of getting well. This is true with many issues, but it is especially so with a blood disease. Understanding what blood diseases (also referred to a hematological disorders) are evaluated for SSD benefits and what evidence is needed is fundamental to a claim.
If the person has a non-cancerous blood disease like a thrombosis, bone marrow failure and others, this will be evaluated by the Social Security Administration. With these disorders, the person will have issues with developing and normal function of red or white blood cells, clotting-factor proteins and platelets. If it is a cancerous disorder like leukemia, this will be assessed based on the listings for cancer. There are two forms of lymphoma that are exceptions and they are connected to those suffering from HIV. There are different criteria for that evaluation.
The SSA will need certain medical evidence to make its determination. The applicant must provide a lab report that has a clear test establishing the blood disorder and it must be signed by a physician. In lieu of that, there should be a lab report with a test that establishes the disorder and is not signed by a physician or there should be a report that states the person has the disorder. If there is no lab report or test, there can be a persuasive report from a physician stating that the person is diagnosed with the disorder and it is confirmed by laboratory analysis or another method of diagnosis. The SSA will do its best to acquire all the results of the tests the person had. However, it will not purchase expensive, invasive or complex tests.
Being diagnosed with a blood disease can be a worrisome experience. If the person needs SSD benefits, it is important to understand how these disorders are assessed and what evidence is needed to get an approval. Having representation from a legal firm that understands all areas of Social Security disability benefits for illness is useful to go through the process and accrue all the necessary information to have a good chance at being approved.