Can I get disability benefits for sickle cell? Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited blood disorder which causes red blood cells to mutate to a crescent or sickle shape when the cells are deprived of oxygen, making it difficult for the cells to pass through blood vessels. This can lead to a blockage of the blood vessels, causing less oxygen to reach the body, which can cause organ and tissue damage. This damage leads to complications of Sickle Cell disease such as jaundice, anemia or even gallstones. If a blockage effects a person’s spleen, then they become more vulnerable to certain bacterial infections.
Children or Adults may be entitled to disability benefits if they suffer from sickle cell.
The Social Security Administration evaluates each persons’ claim on a case-by-case basis in determining whether the effects of sickle cell anemia or the treatments for the disorder are disabling, and the Administration looks at a number of factors, such as if your condition led to: (i) documented painful crises occurring at least 3 times during the 5 previous months; (ii) required hospitalization (beyond a visit to the emergency room) at least 3 times during the prior 12 months or (iii) you have suffered chronic, severe anemia with persistence of hematocrit of 26 percent of less.
The Social Security Administration lists sickle cell anemia as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 7.05 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, but if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.
If you or a loved one lives in Alabama, you are suffering from the effects of sickle cell anemia and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a Free Consultation. Virtual appointments are available via Zoom for your protection from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Can I get disability benefits for Sickle Cell