Thrombocytopenia, what it is and when Social Security Disability considers it disabling.

Thrombocytopenia is when a person has a low blood platelet count for an extended period of time. A normal platelet count would range between 150,000 to 450,000. As opposed to someone with Thrombocytopenia who might have a count of somewhere below 150,000 over at least a three-month period. A Social Security disability qualifier to be considered disabled under there rules due to Thrombocytopenia, one must have a count below 40,000.[1]

So those that suffer from chronic Thrombocytopenia would have a severe lack of ability to clot their blood, once they start to bleed. This can be quite dangerous for a person with a physical job. So Social Security would need medical evidence of the low platelet count over an extended period of time, as well as evidence that one cannot do their past work because of the Thrombocytopenia diagnosis. The rule states that complications from Thrombocytopenia which has caused “at least three hospitalizations within a 12month period and occurring at least 30 days apart prior to adjudication (hearing decision). Each hospitalization must last at least 48 hours, which can include hours in the hospital emergency department or comprehensive hemophilia treatment center immediately before the hospitalization.”[2]

The ruling further states that the hospitalizations do not have to be from the same complication of the disorder. So if you need to have surgery for example, Social Security Disability would consider this a complication of the disorder due to the need for coagulation medications that might be needed during the surgery. This is just one of the examples given in the Listing that might be considered a complication due to Thrombocytopenia. [3]

So, medical documentation that clearly shows the diagnosis of Thrombocytopenia along with medical documentation of the requirements above, will give one the best possible chance of a favorable outcome on one’s disability claim. So if you can no longer do your job as described because of the dangers of bruising or bumping your body on the job and how those injuries might interact with the Thrombocytopenia, then you might be eligible for disability under Social Security Disability Listing 7.08. Even if others might not have to give a second thought to these type of minor injuries, for someone with Thrombocytopenia these minor injuries can be quite debilitating.



[3] Id.

By Ty Samuels

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