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What is blood disease?

The mere sight of blood leaves many people in Newark squeamish, but as you know, blood is essential in the human body, and suffering from a blood disease can lead to severe disabilities and even death to its victim. That is why certain types of blood diseases are covered by the Social Security Administration’s Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

Blood is living tissue and is composed of both liquids and solids. Plasma is the liquid, and consists of water, salts and proteins. The solids in your blood consist of cells, both red and white cells, as well as platelets, which are used to help clotting when necessary. Blood is constantly moving throughout your body, transporting oxygen and nutrients to your vital organs to keep you body running. But blood disorders may occur, preventing blood from doing its job.

Blood disorders, also known as hematologic diseases, come in various forms under different names. Platelet disorders may affect the effectiveness of your blood clotting or not clotting. Anemia occurs when your blood is unable to carry the appropriate level of oxygen to the rest of your body. Eosinophilic disorders affect and hinder white blood cells from fighting illness. And cancers of the blood, such as leukemia and myeloma, will also affect the blood’s ability to do its job.

Blood diseases can severely debilitate a person and prevent them from working. If you suffer from blood disease or any disabling condition, you may be able to seek Social Security disability benefits for illness. You may want to speak with a lawyer familiar with Social Security claims to see if you qualify.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Blood Disorders,” Accessed Nov. 17, 2015