The sudden onset of an injury or illness can turn your life upside down. You might have to flip the bill for unexpected medical expenses, find yourself subjected to physical pain and suffering and your emotional wellbeing may take a hit. When one of these conditions leaves you unable to work, you might find yourself facing extensive financial hardship. Those who find themselves in this position may be able to find financial relief through the Social Security disability system, though.
However, in order to recover compensation from this government program, individuals must show that they meet federal requirements that qualify them as "disabled." The specific requirements that must be met are dependent upon a condition from which an individual suffers, and they must be backed by medical evidence. For an example, let us look at the Social Security Administration's requirements for those suffering from bone marrow disorders.
Those who have a bone marrow disorder can be deemed disabled in one of two ways. First, those who have bone marrow failure may qualify for SSD benefits if they can present satisfactory evidence that they have been hospitalized at least three times in the last year on account of their condition. These hospital stays must be at least one month apart and last for at least two days. The second way an individual with this condition can qualify for benefits is by showing that he or she suffers from either a myelodyplastic syndrome or an aplastic anemia that requires certain transfusions that are required to occur at least every six weeks to prevent death.
As easy as it may sound, successfully proving that you have a qualifying medical condition can be challenging. The SSA may deem your evidence inadequate, or find that your condition has not been subjected to adequate testing. Your SSD claim may also be denied for other reasons, including not meeting certain work requirements. To ensure that you are putting forth the best claim you can, or if you need assistance appealing a denied claim, consider contacting an experienced legal professional.