This article will help you determine if you should seek Social Security Disability benefits for your chronic liver disease diagnosis. Patients suffering from liver disease have to prove that their illness impairs them enough to keep them from working.
Symptoms of Chronic Liver Disease
A patient can suffer from chronic liver disease as a result of a substance (like alcohol) or a virus (as in the case with Hepatitis C). One of the most serious symptoms of liver disease is severe abdominal swelling, and you should seek emergency treatment for severe abdominal pain. Other common symptoms include:
* Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes of skin)
* Leg and ankle swelling
* Nausea and vomiting
* Bruising easily
* Skin itching
* Dark colored urine and/or pale stool
* Appetite loss
If you, or your loved one, are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment to see your doctor.
Types of Liver Diseases That May Be Covered by Social Security
Hep B is caused by the HBV virus, and the symptoms of this chronic liver disease and its counterpart medication can cause debilitating nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue can make working very difficult for patients. If left unchecked, Hep B causes jaundice, liver scarring, and the need for a liver transplant.
Hep C is a blood-borne illness caused by a virus. It cause scarring of the liver tissue, and, currently, there is no cure. Patients with Hep C suffer from anemia (lack of iron in the blood), fatigue, nausea/vomiting, and even some mental performance issues. In worst case scenarios, Hep C can lead to full liver failure and death.
Cirrhosis refers to the prolonged and permanent scarring of the liver tissue, and both Hep B and Hep C usually fall within the scope of cirrhosis in terms of benefit eligibility. However, this liver disease is also commonly associated with alcoholism, which can make proving disability complicated
What You Need to Prove To Get Social Security Benefits
A diagnosis of chronic liver disease is not enough to get you SSD benefits. In addition to proving that you have liver damage, you also have to prove that you have complications that keep you from working. These complications include:
* Internal bleeding
* Bacterial peritonitis
* Peritoneal fluid and/or pleural cavity fluid
* Hepatorenal syndrome (kidney failure as a result of liver damage)
* Hepatopulmonary syndrome (lung failure as a result of liver damage)
If you do not have any of these peripheral complications, you may still get approved for benefits if you are able to prove that you can no longer do the type of work you were doing before, that you are unable to do any work on a regular basis, and your illness is expected to last 12 months or more. Additionally, you have to be making less than $1,070 per month per Social Security Administration standards.
Many of these cases get denied by Social Security, but the right representation has helped patients just like you get the benefits they deserve. If you, or your loved ones, are suffering from the effects of a chronic liver disease, contact The Law Office of Sheryl Gandel Mazur today.