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Can I get disability benefits for haemochromatosis?

Can I get disability benefits for haemochromatosis? Haemochromatosis is a metabolic condition that causes increased absorption of dietary iron, which is deposited in the body tissues and organs. The iron accumulates over a long period of time and is deposited in different parts of the body including joints and organs such as the liver, pancreas and heart. Iron overload is potentially fatal.

There are different forms of hemochromatosis. Primary hemochromatosis, also called hereditary hemochromatosis, is an inherited disease. Secondary hemochromatosis is a result of other disorders, such as anemia and alcoholism.  Juvenile hemochromatosis and neonatal hemochromatosis are two additional forms of the disease.

The early effects of hemochromatosis include: impotence; high blood sugar, abnormal liver function test results; hypothyroidism, arthritis, abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, and stiff joints.  Later on, more serious problems can arise, such as: diabetes, cardiac arrhymia, cirrhosis, liver failure and congestive heart failure.

While the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments does not include lymphedema, this does not mean that your condition can not be found to have “met” another similar listing if the condition has caused damage to other organs, such as your heart, liver or pancreas, but even 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 Alabama, you are suffering from the effects of haemochromatosis 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 talk with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.  Virtual appointments are available through Zoom for your protection from the coronavirus pandemic.

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