This post discusses Social Security Disability Benefits for Sickle Cell Disease. If you, or someone you care for, has been assessed with Sickle Cell, read on for how SSA will evaluate their claim for disability.
Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin (the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body). People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent, shape. Via NIH.
In the United States, Sickle Cell is the most common inherited blood disorder with an estimated 70,000 – 80,000 Americans having the disease. Sickle Cell should be distinguished from Sickle Cell Trait. Most people with the trait can pass it on to their children but do not experience the symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease.
Sickle Cell Anemia is the most common form of Sickle Cell Disease. Signs and symptoms of the disease usually begin in early childhood. Shortness of red blood cells (anemia); pain (crisis); swollen hands and feet (hand-foot syndrome); infections; delayed growth and vision problems are all possible symptoms. Via The Mayo Clinic.
Treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia include immunizations and antibiotics (to prevent infections); supplements; transfusions; and pain management. Via WebMD. Bone marrow transplants (stem cells) have shown promise in helping individuals with Sickle Cell. Via WebMD.
The Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for disability benefits for Sickle Cell Disease under Listing 7.05, Sickle Cell Disease, or one of its variants. This listing requires: A. Documented painful (thrombotic) crises occurring at least three times during the 5 months prior to adjudication; OR B. Requiring extended hospitalization (beyond emergency care) at least three times during the 12 months prior to adjudication; OR C. Chronic, severe anemia with persistence of hematocrit of 26 percent or less; OR D. Evaluate the resulting impairment under the criteria for the affected body system.
Since Sickle Cell affects your blood, it can affect different body systems. If your disease has severely affected a part of your body you can look at different listings to determine if you meet one of those. The complete list is found here. Most listings are difficult to meet. Your Sickle Cell Anemia may not meet the above listing, but you still may not be able to work due to fatigue, recurrent infections or painful crisis.
If you are unable to work, file your claim for disability benefits for Sickle Cell Disease as soon as possible. The Bishop Law Firm represents Social Security Disability claimants in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Call us today for a free case evaluation. We want to help!