As baby boomers are reaching retirement age, many more people are being diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses. These conditions may require extensive treatment and may even require people to leave their jobs. Any person can fall victim to a serious illness that takes the person out of the workforce.
Blood disorders, for example, can affect any number of people. In severe cases these diseases can make it impossible for a person to work. In these situations, a Pennsylvania resident may need to rely on Social Security Disability benefits to meet their financial obligations. Blood disorders include those diseases that interrupt the regular production of red or white blood cells, platelets and clotting proteins. These disorders can include thrombosis, sickle cell disease or bone marrow failure.
The Social Security Administration has a variety of criteria it considers before a person can be approved for SSD benefits for a blood disease. The SSA requires specific evidence documenting the condition. Depending on the specific disorder at issue this evidence can include reports that are signed by a physician or lab reports indicating a specific diagnosis. A physician’s report detailing how a diagnosis was made and what diagnostic methods were used is usually necessary.
The specific factors that must be present to be approved for SSD benefits for a blood disorder will depend on a person’s diagnosis. An attorney can help people determine if they qualify and provide assistance through the application and appeals process. With the right help, people can get valuable financial help when a blood disease keeps them out of work.