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SSA Listing: 7.18 Repeated Complications of Hematological Disorders

Hematological disorders can have a significant impact on an individual's health and well-being, often leading to repeated complications and debilitating symptoms. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the challenges faced by individuals with these disorders and has specific criteria in place to evaluate disability claims. In this blog post, we will explore how the SSA evaluates repeated complications of hematological disorders, focusing on the requisite findings, documented symptoms, and limitations in daily activities, social functioning, and task completion.

Repeated Complications of Hematological Disorders:

Under Listing 7.18, the SSA considers disability claims related to repeated complications of hematological disorders. This includes complications listed in other relevant listings such as 7.05 (lymphatic disorders), 7.08 (thrombosis and hemostasis disorders), and 7.10 (bone marrow failure disorders). However, it is important to note that individuals may not meet the specific requirements of those listings. Additionally, other complications resulting from hematological disorders, such as anemia, osteonecrosis, retinopathy, skin ulcers, silent central nervous system infarction, cognitive or mental limitations, or limitation of joint movement, are also considered.

Significant Symptoms or Signs:

To qualify for disability benefits, individuals must demonstrate significant, documented symptoms or signs resulting from the repeated complications of their hematological disorder. These symptoms or signs may include pain, severe fatigue, malaise, fever, night sweats, headaches, joint or muscle swelling, or shortness of breath. It is crucial to provide comprehensive medical documentation, including test results, medical records, and reports from treating physicians, to support the presence and severity of these symptoms or signs.

Marked Limitations in Functioning:

In addition to the significant symptoms or signs, individuals must also demonstrate marked limitations in specific areas of functioning. These limitations are evaluated at the marked level, as specified in 7.00G4 of the SSA's guidelines. The areas of functioning include:

  • Limitation of activities of daily living (ADLs): This refers to difficulties in performing basic self-care tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating, or maintaining personal hygiene.

  • Limitation in maintaining social functioning: This encompasses challenges in interacting with others, participating in social activities, or maintaining relationships.

  • Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace: This involves difficulties in sustaining focus, maintaining productivity, or meeting deadlines due to cognitive or mental limitations.

Importance of Medical Evidence:

To support a disability claim for repeated complications of hematological disorders, comprehensive and well-documented medical evidence is crucial. This includes detailed medical records, diagnostic test results, treatment plans, and reports from healthcare professionals. The evidence should clearly illustrate the severity of the repeated complications, the impact on daily functioning, and the limitations experienced in the specified areas of functioning.

Navigating the Disability Claims Process:

Navigating the disability claims process for repeated complications of hematological disorders can be complex. Seeking guidance from healthcare providers experienced in working with disability claims or consulting with a disability attorney can provide valuable assistance throughout the application process. These professionals can help ensure that all necessary medical evidence is included and increase the chances of a 

The SSA evaluates disability claims related to repeated complications of hematological disorders based on specific criteria outlined in Listing 7.18. By providing comprehensive medical evidence and demonstrating the presence of significant symptoms or signs, as well as marked limitations in activities of daily living, social functioning, or task completion, individuals affected by hematological disorders can navigate the disability claims process and access the support they need. Understanding the evaluation process and seeking appropriate guidance are essential steps in pursuing a successful disability claim.