Can I get disability benefits for Cirrhosis? Cirrhosis of the liver is scarring of the liver caused by different types of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcohol abuse. The liver carries out several essential functions, including detoxifying harmful substances in your body, cleaning your blood and making vital nutrients.
The condition occurs in response to damage to your liver over many years. As the disease progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to function. Advanced cirrhosis can be life-threatening.
Cirrhosis often has no signs or symptoms until liver damage is extensive. When signs and symptoms do occur, they may include: fatigue, easily bruising and/or bleeding, itchy skin, a yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), fluid accumulation in the abdominal region, loss of appetite, chronic nausea, swelling of the legs and weight loss.
The liver damage done can’t be undone, but if the disease is diagnosed early and the cause treated, further damage can be limited.
The Social Security Administration lists cirrhosis as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the persons ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 5.05 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for this chronic liver disease; however, if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.
If you or a loved one lives in or around Madison County, you are suffering from the effects of cirrhosis and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.
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Can I get disability benefits for cirrhosis