April 18, 2014

Liver Disease and Social Security Disability

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Liver Disease and Social Security Disability

The terminology “liver disease” does not refer to one specific medical condition. Instead, it refers to a variety of liver diseases and disorders which prevent the liver from functioning normally. Without proper treatment, the liver could completely shut down, which can create a potentially lethal situation for the individual suffering with the condition. Liver function tests can be conducted in order to determine whether or not the organ is normal and functioning properly. Should the results of the testing be abnormal, it suggests that a liver disease or disorder may exist.

According to the website “Medicine Plus”, there are nearly 20 different diseases and disorders affecting the function of the liver. No one of these is any less important than the others, as the liver performs a variety of important functions in human beings. Any interruption to these functions could have serious consequences if they are left untreated. Ironically, the liver produces roughly 80% of your body’s cholesterol.

You should be able to understand how the severity of these diseases or disorders could have a disabling effect on the individual, therefore rendering them unable to pursue employment and earn a living. Should this be the case where you are concerned, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Most individuals can be awarded SSDI benefits if they can prove that there is a medical or mental impairment which prohibits them from being able to keep a steady job.

Furthermore, the criteria for being awarded SSDI benefits based on the individual’s level of disability mandate that the disability has prevented the individual from working for a period of 12 continuous months or that the condition could ultimately result in their death. When you take into consideration that the application process can be lengthy and tedious, being unable to work could create a financial disaster for the affected individual. That is why hiring a qualified and experienced Social Security Disability attorney is advised.

Liver impairments are evaluated under the SSA’s Section 5.05 of the Digestive System Impairment listing. It specifically evaluates a number of chronic liver diseases and disorders as being disabling conditions, therefore necessitating the awarding of SSDI benefits to the individual. As a suffering individual, you need to remember that the burden of proof rests on your shoulders initially before ever consulting with an attorney.

Hopefully, your physician will be one who cares enough to recommend a course of action to pursue should you be unable to work on a regular basis. Just remember that you must have solid confirmation documenting that you do have liver disease. The confirmation (or denial) of an existing condition will no doubt result from your doctor or specialist performing a liver biopsy. Additionally, this evaluation must be totally separate from any that are conducted by physicians who evaluate cases for Social Security disability.