If the symptoms of your sickle cell disease have made it impossible for you to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, you’ll have to provide evidence of the severity of your condition in order to be approved for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits for individuals who […]
Category: Sickle Cell Disease
With sickle cell disease (SCD), your life and health are in a precarious position. Holding onto a full time job can be almost impossible. You never know when you’ll actually feel up to working; you’re prone to sudden bouts of incredible pain. When you get infections, they hit you hard, and you’ve been in and out of the hospital. Your doctor has even told you that you’re more likely to suffer a stroke or die.
These are just some of the many negative effects of having sickle cell disease. Luckily, this is something that the SSA seems to understand: you can get Social Security disability benefits if you live with this condition.
For people suffering from sickle cell disease, disabilities materialize in various ways including periods of pain that affect their bones, muscles, organs or the nervous system. This renders many sickle cell victims unable to work and live a normal, functioning life.
Sickle cell disability creates financial hardships when people afflicted with the disease are forced to give up their jobs. Financial distress may be relieved by filing claims with the Social Security Disability program, and in some cases through an employer’s group insurance plan or a private disability insurance policy. Military veterans may be able to receive disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs disability program.