Chronic Liver Disease and Disability
Chronic liver disease is often used to describe several types of progressive liver problems that often involve the destruction of vital liver tissues and cause serious problems to a person’s health. People who suffer from the diseases may find it difficult to work and adequately perform other necessary life functions. Individuals who are suffering from various liver diseases may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Disability benefits exist to support individuals suffering from serious injuries, illness, or diseases that may prevent them from working and earning enough money to support themselves and their dependents. Liver diseases are often progressive diseases that may last a long time and can cause serious health problems for the rest of the person’s life.
Diseases often include:
· Cancer of the liver
· Hepatitis B
· Hepatitis C
· Alcoholic liver disease
· Epstein Barr virus
· Fatty liver disease
Although specific symptoms may be unique to each individual, some common symptoms that individuals suffering from liver disease experience include:
· Appetite loss
· Abdominal pain
· Thirst/dry mouth
People afflicted with diseases known to be chronic and long-lasting may want to consider filing for disability benefits, especially if the symptoms of the disease make it difficult for the person to execute the required daily duties of his or her profession.
Filing for disability benefits often requires organization on the part of the applicant. Applicants suffering from chronic liver disease should make sure to keep all medical records, employment history, and financial statements well-organized and in a safe place. Applicants may consider hiring an experienced Social Security disability attorney to help guide them through the process and help represent them at any required disability hearings.
Occasionally, applicants may find that their initial claim has been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If your application for disability benefits has been denied, you have the right to appeal the administration’s decision and may still be able to prove your case. It may be helpful to appeal a decision promptly after receiving notice, and it is important to not get discouraged and keep pursuing benefits if needed.
Source by Joseph Devine