SSA Listing-7.08 Disorders of Thrombosis and Hemostasis
When it comes to evaluating disability claims related to thrombosis and hemostasis disorders, such as hemophilia and thrombocytopenia, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has specific criteria in place. These criteria aim to ensure that individuals with severe complications stemming from these conditions receive the necessary support. In this blog post, we will delve into how the SSA evaluates thrombosis and hemostasis disorders for disability claims, focusing on the requirements for hospitalizations and the frequency of occurrence.
Understanding the Criteria:
To be eligible for disability benefits under the SSA's guidelines, individuals with thrombosis and hemostasis disorders must meet the requirements set forth in Listing 7.08. This listing falls under the broader category of "Disorders of Thrombosis and Hemostasis" (see 7.00D), which includes various conditions like hemophilia and thrombocytopenia.
The first and most crucial aspect for individuals to meet the SSA's criteria is the occurrence of complications requiring hospitalization. Specifically, at least three hospitalizations must have taken place within a 12-month period. It's important to note that these hospitalizations should be separated by at least 30 days.
Duration of Hospitalization:
Each hospitalization must last for a minimum of 48 hours. This duration encompasses not only the time spent within the hospital itself but also includes any hours spent in the hospital emergency department or comprehensive hemophilia treatment center immediately preceding the hospitalization. It is crucial for the hospitalization duration to meet this requirement for the claim to be considered under Listing 7.08.
The term "adjudication" refers to the process of evaluating and deciding upon disability claims. In the context of thrombosis and hemostasis disorders, the aforementioned hospitalizations must have occurred before adjudication. This means that the hospitalizations should have taken place prior to the SSA's review and determination of the disability claim.
Complications and Severe Impairments:
It's important to note that the hospitalizations mentioned above should be a result of severe complications arising from thrombosis and hemostasis disorders. These complications may vary depending on the specific condition but can include severe bleeding episodes, recurrent thrombotic events, or other life-threatening situations related to the disorder.
Seeking Medical Evidence:
To support a disability claim related to thrombosis and hemostasis disorders, it is crucial to gather relevant medical evidence. This evidence should include detailed medical records, documentation of hospitalizations, treatment plans, and any other pertinent information that demonstrates the severity and impact of the disorder on the individual's ability to work.
The SSA's evaluation of thrombosis and hemostasis disorders for disability claims follows specific criteria outlined in Listing 7.08. Meeting these criteria requires individuals to have experienced at least three hospitalizations, each lasting a minimum of 48 hours, within a 12-month period, with a separation of at least 30 days between hospitalizations. These hospitalizations must be a result of severe complications arising from the disorder and should occur before the SSA's adjudication of the disability claim. By understanding these requirements and providing the necessary medical evidence, individuals with thrombosis and hemostasis disorders can navigate the disability claims process more effectively and seek the support they need.