Hepatitis: How to Qualify for Social Security Disability
Hepatitis is a medical condition defined by the inflammation of the liver and characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. Hepatitis may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to yellow discoloration of the skin, mucus membranes, conjunctivae, poor appetite and malaise. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer. The condition can be self-limiting (healing on its own) or can progress to fibrosis (scarring) and cirrhosis. Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, are distinct diseases that affect the liver and have different hepatitis symptoms and treatments. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer.
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The Social Security Administration has an impairments listing manual (called the blue book) and hepatitis is evaluated under 5.05 if it leads to chronic liver disease. If your condition is not severe enough to meet the requirements of the listing, you may still qualify for disability benefits.
Claimants who suffer from hepatitis may experience fatigue, fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The combinations of the symptoms limit your physical capabilities to such a magnitude that there are no jobs you can do, or at least no jobs that you know how to do, given your age, education, and experience.
Premier Disability Services, LLC has extensive experience assisting claimants who suffer from Hepatitis obtain Social Security Disability benefits. If you suffer from Hepatitis and you are unable to work, please contact our office for a free evaluation.