Severe cases of chronic thrombocythemia can be considered for disability benefits. This condition can impede your ability to perform both sedentary work and physical work. If you have these impairments, you may qualify for social security benefits for disability.
Thrombocytosis consists of two types:
- Primary thrombocytosis, or
- Essential thrombocythemia
What Is Essential Thrombocythemia, and What Are Its Symptoms?
Essential thrombocythemia is a disease in which there are abnormal cells in the patient’s bone marrow. This can lead to an increase in the number of platelets. The cause of this disorder remains unknown.
That said, specific genetic mutations of bone marrow and blood are commonly noticed in patients with this disease. Currently, essential thrombocythemia is not considered an inherited condition.
There are multiple symptoms related to essential thrombocythemia. Some of them are symptomatic, while others are asymptomatic. Here are the common symptoms of essential thrombocythemia:
- Blood clotting in unusual locations
- Blood in the urine due to gastrointestinal bleeding
- Nosebleeds, heavy periods, or easy bruising
- Complete numbness of the legs, arms, and a side of the body
- Blood clotting in the lungs
It is essential that any person experiencing these symptoms visits a doctor as soon as possible. A professional medical opinion is crucial. You will need to be prescribed medication in order to qualify for social security benefits.
Does Essential Thrombocythemia Qualify For Disability?
Essential thrombocythemia is a severely disabling condition for multiple reasons. There are two main reasons it is considered a disability.
- It impedes the ability to perform any physical work
Conditions like essential thrombocythemia lead to the formation of blood clots that make conducting any kind of physical work highly difficult. Any physical work comes with the risk of bruising or being cut.
For a patient of essential thrombocythemia, even very small wounds can be dangerous. Thus, it is a severe disability because it impedes the ability of a patient to perform any physical work.
- It can lead to paralysis of the hands, feet, and side of the body
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a kind of stroke that lasts for roughly a couple of minutes. The blood supply to parts of the brain gets blocked briefly during a TIA. It is a highly common occurrence for patients of essential thrombocythemia. TIA leads to decreased vision, and in severe cases, paralysis of a side of the body.
Can You Get Disability Benefits for Essential Thrombocythemia?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) identifies nine hematological disorders that meet the criteria for Social Security Disability benefits. You might apply for the benefits based on any blood disorders that leave you unable to continue your job.
To qualify, you will need to prove your condition. You should show evidence that the disability is expected to last at least a year or end in death. If the condition has already lasted a year, you may also qualify.
If you have Essential Thrombocythemia, you should consult Social security Disability lawyers as soon as possible. If your initial social security disability claim gets denied, you need legal help. You can even contact an experienced attorney before you file your initial application.
Get in touch with the experienced lawyers at Chermol & Fishman, LLC, today to represent your case.
Having handled countless cases of social disability before, our lawyers understand the criteria of the Social Security Administration (SSA). We will help streamline the process to fight for your right to benefits.