We all need a healthy red blood cell count to properly function in our daily lives. But some individuals who regularly suffer from low red blood cell counts live with a condition called Anemia. While it is possible for some to work and perform daily activities with this disorder, others cannot.
Individuals with a low red blood cell count may feel fatigued, dizzy, have trouble concentrating or even breathing. Anemia is listed in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Blue Book for hematological disorders. Those living with severe forms of this condition may qualify for disability benefits.
Three Types of Anemia
Anemia occurs most commonly due to blood loss, a decrease in red blood cell production, or due to the destruction of red blood cells (called hemolytic anemia). Hemolytic anemia, which can be sickle cell anemia or thalassemia, has its own listing under the hematological category of SSA’s Blue Book.
Chronic anemia can also be caused by other disorders or conditions. These may include iron or folic acid deficiency, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, advanced kidney disease, cancer, AIDs, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, gastrointestinal or menstrual bleeding, or bone marrow disease.
And, there are other forms of this condition (like pernicious or aplastic anemia) that can be classified under other listings within SSA’s Blue Book.
Qualifying For Benefits With Anemia
SSA’s listing for this condition requires that your red blood cell count be persistently 30% or less and that you undergo a transfusion on average every two months.
To present a strong claim for SSD benefits, claimants should have a diagnosis and documented blood transfusions. Also, it is important for your claim to provide a history of documented and consistent medical treatment.
Additionally, the SSA considers whether your condition is severe and chronic enough to limit an individual in at least one of the following:
- activities of daily living
- social functioning
- ability to finish tasks in a timely manner
If you suffer from severe anemia and would like to learn more about disability benefits, contact our lawyers today. At Collins Price, our Social Security Disability lawyers help claimants at every stage of the process. From initial application to appeals, we’ve helped thousands of claimants in North Carolina secure their disability benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation on your claim. As always, there is no fee for our services unless we win your claim..