Qualifying for Disability Benefits (SSDI) with Hemophilia in New Jersey
A genetic mutation that causes a person to lack the protein that allows blood to clot normally, hemophilia is a condition that affects thousands of Americans. The risk of bleeding and being unable to stop – resulting in a dangerous amount of blood loss after even minor injuries – keeps many people suffering from hemophilia from being able to work a normal job. Anyone who is unable to work due to a disability, including hemophilia, is able to apply for disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance.
Call our New Jersey disability lawyers for hemophilia at (215) 701-6519 to learn more about how anyone who is unable to work due to a disability can apply for social security disability benefits with the help of the social security disability lawyers at Young Marr & Associates.
How to Apply for SSDI Benefits for Hemophilia in New Jersey
If you would like to apply for SSDI benefits in New Jersey, you have three options for doing so: using the form on the Social Security Administration’s website, calling them on the phone, or by paying a visit to their office. Applicants should be aware that they will need to provide certain medical records, their Social Security Number, and their birth certificate.
Three to five months is the amount of time that applicants can expect to wait for a response from the Social Security Administration regarding their application. Applicants will receive a letter in the mail letting them know whether or not their application has been accepted. If they have been accepted, the acceptance letter will come with an award letter that lets them know how much money they can expect to receive.
However, a majority of applications are denied. In fact, about 70% of applications for social security disability benefits are denied. Most applications are denied because the applicant’s condition is not severe enough to meet the requirements for receiving social security disability benefits, though many are denied because the applicants earn too much money or because the application has major errors.
Social security disability benefit applicants are able to file an appeal for disability benefits if they are initially denied, though. After being denied, applicants can file a request for reconsideration; if that is denied, then they can take their case to the Appeals Council, and then to a federal judge, if necessary.
Applicants can significantly raise their chances of SSDI acceptance by working with a social security disability attorney to complete their application. Social security disability attorneys know what information to include on applications to meet the criteria set by the Social Security Administration. The social security disability attorneys from Young Marr & Associates are well-equipped to help applicants complete their SSDI applications; their success rate is 80%.
How to Know If You Qualify for SSDI Benefits in New Jersey
Applicants for social security disability benefits in New Jersey cannot qualify for those benefits if they make above a certain amount of money. If applicants make more than $1,220 per month, they are engaged in (according to the Social Security Administration) “substantial gainful activity” and are therefore disqualified from receiving benefits.
Applicants for social security disability benefits must also have a condition that is severe. Their condition must be serious enough to prevent them from working a job. The disability they have must have either already affected their life for 12 consecutive months or be expected to last for 12 months into the future. The disability may also be considered severe enough if it is expected to eventually result in death.
Hemophilia Criteria According to the Social Security Administration
Applicants for social security disability benefits through the Social Security Administration must also have conditions that meet certain criteria. Qualifying conditions for SSDI must meet the criteria listed in the Listing of Impairments (also known as the “Blue Book”), which determines whether an SSDI applicant has a condition that is severe enough to qualify them for social security disability benefits.
Hemophilia is listed in the Listing of Impairments, along with other hematological conditions such as thrombosis, hemostasis, and many more. To qualify for social security disability benefits, the applicant must have been hospitalized at least three times within one 12-month period. Each hospitalization must have occurred at least 30 days apart, and each one must have lasted at least 48 hours.
To prove that they have met the requirements stated in the Listing of Impairments, an applicant must present certain medical records. Acceptable records that prove that an applicant meets the criteria in the Listing of Impairments include:
- A lab report signed by a physician that includes a definitive test that establishes their hematological disorder
- A lab report that is not signed by a physician and a report from a physician stating that you have the disorder
- A report from a physician that an appropriate lab analysis or other diagnostic method was used to confirm your diagnosis of a hematological disorder
Applicants that do not meet all of the requirements for hemophilia outlined in the Listing of Impairments may still be able to qualify for social security disability benefits through the medical vocational allowance. Through the medical vocational allowance, applicants do not attempt to match the criteria in the Listing of Impairments and instead demonstrate that their functional abilities are severely limited.
New Jersey Attorneys to Assist with SSDI Hemophilia Claims
Your hemophilia shouldn’t keep you from being able to pay for the basic necessities of life. Apply for SSDI benefits with the help of social security disability lawyers from Young Marr & Associates. Their expertise and care have consistently given clients a higher chance of having their application for social security benefits be accepted. Contact them today by calling (215) 701-6519.