Since the liver is the largest solid organ, doctors often refer to it as the body’s chemical factory. Liver disease, also termed hepatic disease, may occur when the liver does not perform at least 75% of its many functions. Typically, when the liver is not well, the entire body is not well. The upside for Florida residents who have been diagnosed with liver disease is that they may be eligible for Social Security benefits.
Liver Disease: Symptoms & Causes
Florida individuals diagnosed with liver disease will most likely experience nausea, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, fatigue, weakness, mental disorientation, and weight loss. Liver disease causes vary depending on the type of condition. Common implications include over-use of certain medications, drug and alcohol abuse, infection, virus, cancer, and bile obstructions.
Various Types of Liver Disease
- Alcoholic Liver Disease
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Hepatitis B/C
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Failure
People with liver disease may be encouraged to learn that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will award up to $1,010 per month for their condition. To be considered disabled, you must show medical proof that your liver damage has occurred or will last for at least 12 months.
Liver Disease Patients in Florida Qualify for Social Security
If you have been identified with a disability due to liver disease, the SSA will require that you be diagnosed with either chronic or end stage liver disease plus only ONE of the complications listed below:
- Excess fluid in the peritoneal or pleural cavity
- Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
- Esophageal or gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- Hepatorenal Syndrome
- Hepatopulmonary Syndrome, or
- Hepatic Encephalopathy
If You Do Not Meet the Criteria Above
For one medical reason or another, it may be that even though you don’t meet the required criteria listed above. However, even if you don’t meet the criteria, if you are limited in your ability to work, return to your previous type of work, or are only able to work part-time; you may still be eligible to receive disability benefits.
Residual Functional Capacity
The SSA will determine what type of work, if any, that you are physically and mentally capable of. To strengthen your case, make sure to have your doctor include all of your limitations, and be as specific as possible.
To assist in the accuracy of your Social Security claim for Liver Disease, it is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Social Security Disability attorney. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.
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