Can You Qualify for Disability if You Have Blood Clots?
When you’re healthy, your blood flows smoothly and continuously, ensuring that your cells receive oxygen and essential nutrients. However, when you’re injured and get a cut, your body loses blood that’s crucial to its well being. During this period of injury, blood clots play a vital role in your body. With the help of platelets and proteins in your plasma, the two join together to form a blood clot in an attempt to stop the bleeding from the area of injury. Most of the times, these clots will dissolve on their own, causing no harm to the body. However, it becomes dangerous when these clots begin to form in areas deep within your veins, causing life-threatening ailments like heart attacks and strokes. In this case, your health may become compromised, forcing you to seek medical help from your doctor and even assistance from the government in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance.
You may be eligible for disability
The severity of the effects of blood clots ranges from each person, depending on the area of clotting and the depth. Often times, this condition compromises an individual’s mobility, creating a sedentary lifestyle, and sometimes even preventing them from working. In this case, you might be able to receive disability benefits to aid in your road to recovery and to help ease the burden of this ailment. In order to apply for these benefits, the Social Security Administration will thoroughly evaluate your condition to see if it meets the requirements in the Blue Book: a manual that dictates the eligibility criteria of individuals who wish to receive benefits from the government.
In all cases, your eligibility to receive these benefits is contingent upon whether or not the clotting creates a medical condition. If you simply have the formation of blood clots but these clots do not generate a medical condition, then you are not eligible to receive social security disability benefits. However, if your clotting creates a medical condition then you might be eligible to apply for these benefits under a specific section of the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book.
For example, if your clots are due to a heart condition, then you would apply for benefits under section 4:00 Cardiovascular System, which then lists specific side effects of a damaged cardiovascular system. From there, you will need to consult with your attorney or doctor to see if you meet these requirements. Similarly, there are other sections of the Blue Book such as section 3:00 Respiratory Systems. If your respiratory system has been compromised by blood clotting, then you will apply for disability benefits under this section. In all cases, you will need to provide medical documentation to prove that your condition matches the government listed requirements. Your medical documentation should include summaries of doctor visits, treatments you’ve undergone, detailed explanations of your symptoms with the severity of each and the lack of improvement in your current treatment(s).
Exceptions to Requirements
However, in certain cases, you may still qualify to receive disability benefits if your condition doesn’t meet the requirements that are explicitly stated in the Blue Book. For example, some exceptions can be made depending on the individual’s Residual Funding Capacity. The Social Security Administration will carefully examine your ability to work, which is defined as earning $1,130 per month or more. In this case, the Social Security Administration looks at the level of work that you can participate in: sedentary, light or medium. If you are eligible to do any of these levels of work, then they will try to find a job that is conducive to your mobility and level of energy exertion. However, if you cannot participate in even a sedentary lifestyle or don’t have an appropriate level of education, then you may be approved to receive benefits. Typically those who don’t have a college education and have to do work that is more physical and laborious get approved by the Social Security Administration.
Applying for Benefits
To apply for benefits, you should first consult with your doctor. You will be asked to provide correct medical records that list your condition and they must meet those required in the Blue Book. This documentation includes work limitations, symptoms, hospitalization records, blood tests and current treatments. In addition, you may want to meet with a disability attorney who can help determine if your medical condition matches the criteria given by the government.
Although applying for disability benefits may be long and tedious, it provides assistance and support to those who are severely affected by their medical condition. This program benefits individuals whose current financial situation plays a role in negatively impacting the improvement of their condition and helps reduce the burden of individual’s medical conditions when it begins to take a toll on their everyday health.
Knowing your medical condition is a first step to figuring out if you are eligible for disability due to blood clots. For a consultation and to see if you qualify, speak with us at Daniel Berger today.