Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia
October 29th, 2014|
What Is Anemia?
Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red blood cells, or hemoglobin, which is vital to the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to organs and tissues. Symptoms can include weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and numbness in the limbs. An anemia disability can be caused by a number of conditions, which is why there are several different types of the disease.
Common Types of Anemia
Most cases of Anemia can be classified into one of three categories, including:
- Blood Loss Anemia– Anemia can develop when large amounts of blood are loss due to an injury, use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or even pregnancy.
- Decreased Cell Production– The bodies of many who are afflicted with anemia simply cannot make enough red blood cells. Most often, this is the result of an inherited condition, known as sickle cell anemia, or a deficiency in vitamins such as iron.
- Destroyed Red Blood Cells– The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute say hemolytic anemia occurs when blood cells prematurely burst. Toxins in the body, infection, an enlarged spleen, or even inherited conditions can cause this.
Help Is Available
If you’re anemic and are unable to work because of the illness, you’re condition may qualify as an anemia disability. If this is the case, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, proving your condition to the Social Security Administration can be difficult. That’s why it may be wise to discuss your case with a Social Security Disability attorney.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have helped many disabled citizens get the benefits they deserve and are here to help you as well. To learn more about how we can assist you, give our legal team a call today.