In South Florida, being diagnosed with some form of liver disease can feel overwhelming and devastating. One type of liver disease is Cirrhosis. Since the symptoms usually don’t manifest until later, the diagnosis of the disease can be a shock to many.

Cirrhosis is a serious liver condition affecting the digestive system. The liver has many essential responsibilities including: making bile to digest food and prevent blood clotting, manage fat, sugar, and protein in the bloodstream, store vitamins and minerals, filter poisons in the blood, and metabolize drugs and alcohol in the blood.

Cirrhosis Symptoms

  1. Fluid build-up in the abdomen and legs
  2. Jaundice
  3. Fatigue
  4. Nosebleeds
  5. Redness in hand palms
  6. Bleeding easily
  7. Weight loss

Causes of Cirrhosis

  1. Heavy and extended use of alcohol
  2. Viral/autoimmune hepatitis
  3. Hepatitis C
  4. Blocked bile ducts
  5. Other inherited diseases
  6. Reaction to medications

Cirrhosis Patients Eligible for Social Security
Florida individuals who have Cirrhosis may be eligible for Social Security benefits if their diagnosis is considered a type of chronic liver disease. The SSA will consider essential criteria before awarding your benefits including:

  1. Esophageal bleeding
  2. Elevated serum bilirubin levels
  3. Liver biopsy
  4. Varices
  5. Ascites

Some people diagnosed with Cirrhosis continue to try to work, even when it’s beyond their ability only because they don’t realize that Social Security benefits are available to them. If you have Cirrhosis and are unable to work you may be eligible for Social Security benefits in South Florida.

Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].