Social Security Disability for Hepatitis C & Liver Disease in Detroit
If you have hepatitis C or another liver disease, you could be experiencing symptoms like fatigue or side effects from the medications used to control the disease, like anemia.
If your case is severe enough that you can’t work, you also might face mounting medical bills with no regular income to pay them.
Social Security disability (SSD) benefits could provide critical income to pay bills and free you to focus on your health and moving forward with your life instead of worrying about money.
Qualifying for SSD benefits is not easy, however. Particularly with a disease like hepatitis C, it could all depend on the specifics of your case.
This is when a Social Security disability attorney can help.
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Applying for Disability Benefits with Hepatitis C
When symptoms of hepatitis C or liver disease interfere with your daily life to the extent that you can’t work anymore, it’s time to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
You’ll need to present two major kinds of information to Social Security:
- Medical documentation
- Education and employment history
In order to qualify for SSD, you have to provide medical records and evidence to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the organization that administers the federal Social Security disability program.
The SSA reviews information from you and your doctors to determine whether your hepatitis C or liver disease will keep you from working for at least one full year.
People struggling with hepatitis C and other liver diseases can suffer from a range of symptoms that make working impossible. Symptoms can get bad enough to make it difficult to sit or stand for a long time:
- Bleeding easily
- Bruising easily
- Swelling legs
- Weight loss
- Confusion, drowsiness or slurred speech
It’s important that your medical record reflects all of the symptoms you’re experiencing, so don’t leave anything out when you talk to your doctors or other medical providers.
Education and Employment History
Medical records are only a piece of the application process. You also need to provide the SSA with detailed information about any formal education or training you have.
You have to describe all of the jobs you’ve held over the past 15 years, detailing the type of work you did and what an average day on the job was like.
The SSA uses all of this information to decide whether it thinks you’re still able to earn a living by working with your medical condition.
Winning Disability Benefits for Hepatitis C Gets Complicated
The nature of hepatitis C can create challenges applying for Social Security disability benefits.
You can have the disease, but if it hasn’t progressed to a serious enough level, the SSA won’t consider you to have an official disability.
Generally speaking, if your hepatitis C hasn’t caused a liver disorder or other serious health problem or complication, your application may be denied.
Sometimes, however, people with hepatitis C experience side effects of medication that, when combined with other factors, build a stronger case for the SSA.
Get Help with Your Liver Disease Disability Application
When you have an experienced Social Security disability attorney from Levine Benjamin Law Firm helping you with your claim for liver disease or hepatitis C disability benefits, you can be confident that your case is in good hands.
We understand the system and process well. In fact, at Levine Benjamin, we’ve helped more than 50,000 people with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities since 1964.
People with representation for their claims are more likely to win benefits than those who try to take on the benefits application or appeals process alone, according to past statistics from Social Security.
We’ll provide an initial consultation on your hepatitis C or liver disease case for free. We won’t charge an attorney’s fee until you win benefits.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.