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Disability For Anemia

How to Apply for Disability Benefits with Anemia?

Anemia is a condition that occurs because of a variety of reasons and mainly is a blood disorder. Chronic anemia is a severe kind of anemia that happens due to some other chronic condition such as cancer, kidney disorder, inflammatory bowel disease or a thyroid problem. This can have an impact on your ability to work. However, people with chronic anemia may qualify for the disability benefits.

If you have anemia and are unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.  To qualify for benefits, you will need to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. To meet this definition, you must be unable to perform any substantial work because of your condition.  

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a health condition in which you lack healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Therefore, you are unable to transport oxygen to any tissues of the body.

Disability For Anemia Failing to have a good supply of oxygen to different parts of the body will show various symptoms that can make it difficult for you to work. These symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, dizziness, and headaches.

There are many different types of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.  Some types of anemia are hereditary, while others develop over time due to other health conditions or because of lifestyle choices.

One of the most common types of anemia is iron-deficiency anemia. This type of anemia develops when your body does not have enough iron. Iron is necessary to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. 

Without enough iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, and you may develop anemia. This type of anemia is found in women who have heavy bleeding during their menstrual cycle or who are pregnant. 

Sometimes, women may also have ulcers or cancer due to the heavy dose of pain relievers. This can also cause loss of blood and then anemia.

What Causes Anemia?

There are many different causes of anemia. The most common cause is iron deficiency. This is when your body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Other causes of anemia include:

  • Vitamin deficiency: This is when you lack vitamins B6, B12, or folic acid. These vitamins are necessary to produce healthy red blood cells.
  • Blood loss: This can happen due to heavy menstrual bleeding, ulcers, cancer, or surgery.
  • Chronic illness: This includes diseases such as kidney disease, cancer, or heart failure.
  • Inherited conditions: This includes sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.

Symptoms of Anemia

The symptoms of anemia can vary depending on the severity of the condition. The most common symptom is fatigue. This is because your body does not have enough oxygen to produce energy.

Other symptoms of anemia can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pale skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Heart problems
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration

All of these symptoms are not found in every individual. It is dependent on the person and the degree of their anemia. If a person has any of these symptoms, it might prevent them from working.

Is Anemia a Disability?

Anemia can be a disabling condition, particularly if it is severe. If you have anemia and are unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. To qualify for benefits, you will need to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. To meet this definition, you must be unable to perform any substantial work because of your condition. 

If your anemia is severe, it may meet the requirements of a listed impairment. The SSA has a listing for blood disorders, specifically for chronic anemia. The listing includes anemia caused by kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or a thyroid problem. To meet the listing, you should have chronic anemia that has lasted for at least three months.

People who have heart disorders may get affected extremely. This may even give rise to other disabilities as well. Anemia is a kind of disability that may affect each individual as per the severity level.

If you have anemia and are considering applying for disability benefits, it is important to speak with a disability attorney. An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case and can ensure that your claim is filed correctly.

Can you get Disability for Anemia?

To qualify for SSA disability benefits for anemia, you must first meet the requirements established by the SSA. The new listing 7.18 for adult blood disorder was developed by the SSA. All those who have problems with hematological diseases can apply under this listing.

People who have persistent anemia may be eligible to apply for this status. The condition must exhibit symptoms of tiredness, breathing difficulties, and discomfort, as well as restrictions in socializing, doing daily work, and finishing tasks on time.

The first step in proving you are disabled is to show that you cannot do the work you did before your anemia began. If the SSA finds that you cannot do that work, they will then look to see if you can do any other kind of work. To make this determination, the SSA will consider your age, education, past work experience, and any limitations caused by your anemia.

You will need to have a complete medical history and be prepared to provide the SSA with information about your symptoms, how they affect your ability to work, and any treatment you have received.

Your doctor will also need to provide a statement confirming your diagnosis and prognosis. You would also need to provide information about any work you have attempted in the past, and how your condition has prevented you from continuing to work.

If you have been diagnosed with anemia and you are thinking of applying for disability, it is important to speak with an SSD attorney. An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case and can ensure that your claim is filed correctly.

 

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