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Is Thrombocytosis Considered A Disability?

Thrombocytosis is a condition in which there is a high number of platelets in the blood. Platelets are the blood cells that stick together, forming clots to stop blood loss. An excess of platelets in the bloodstream can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It can even prevent blood from moving properly through blood vessels around the body.

Individuals who suffer from chronic thrombocythemia may qualify for disability benefits. This condition can impede an individual’s ability to perform both sedentary work and physical work. If you have this condition, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

There are two types of thrombocytosis:

  • Primary thrombocytosis
  • Essential thrombocythemia

What Is Essential Thrombocythemia?

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.
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That said, specific genetic mutations relating to bone marrow and blood are commonly identified in patients with this disease. Currently, essential thrombocythemia is not considered an inherited condition.

There are multiple symptoms related to essential thrombocythemia. Some of the common symptoms of essential thrombocythemia include:

  • Blood clotting in unusual locations
  • Blood in the urine
  • Nosebleeds, heavy periods, or easy bruising
  • Complete numbness of the legs, arms, or a side of the body
  • Blood clotting in the lungs

It is essential for any person experiencing these symptoms to visit a doctor as soon as possible. A professional medical opinion is crucial, and 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, and there are two main reasons that it is considered a disability.

  • It impedes the ability to perform any physical work: Conditions like essential thrombocythemia can 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 who has essential thrombocythemia, even very small wounds can be dangerous.
  • It can lead to paralysis of the hands, feet, and side of the body: Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a kind of stroke that usually lasts for a couple of minutes. During a TIA, the blood supply to parts of the brain gets blocked briefly. It is a highly common occurrence for sufferers of essential thrombocythemia. TIA can also lead to decreased vision and, in severe cases, partial paralysis.

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 may apply for the benefits based on any blood disorders that leave you unable to continue your job.

To qualify, you will need to prove the severity of your condition. You should show evidence that your disability is expected to last at least a year or end in death. If your 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 the Social Security Administration denies your initial Social Security disability claim, you will need legal help to pursue next steps. It is advisable to contact an experienced attorney before you file your initial application to avoid undue rejection.

Get in touch with the experienced lawyers at Chermol & Fishman, LLC, today to learn how we can help prepare your disability claim.
Having handled countless Social Security disability cases, our lawyers understand the specific SSA criteria, and we will help to streamline the process to fight for your right to benefits.

Having handled countless Social Security disability cases, our lawyers understand the specific SSA criteria, and we will help to streamline the process to fight for your right to benefits.