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Getting Social Security Benefits for Your Liver Disease
The term "liver disease" applies to many diseases and disorders that cause the liver to function improperly or stop functioning altogether. Abnormal test results of the liver often suggests liver disease. Below is a list of common liver diseases:
Amebic Liver Abscess: caused by Entamoeba histolytica , the same organism that causes amebiasis, an intestinal infection.
Hepatitis: The term "hepatitis" refers to syndromes or diseases causing liver inflammation, including inflammation due to viruses and chronic alcohol abuse. Viruses causing hepatitis include autoimmune Hepatitis, Hepatitis A, B, C, E, and the delta factor. Each virus causes a distinct syndrome, though they share some symptoms and consequences. See the Hepatitis link on this website.
Liver cirrhosis : Cirrhosis is the result of chronic liver disease that causes scarring of the liver (fibrosis - nodular regeneration) and liver dysfunction. Common causes of chronic liver disease in the US include hepatitis C infection and long-term alcohol abuse. (See Alcoholic liver disease.) Hepatitis C is now the most common reason for liver transplantation in the US. Other causes of cirrhosis include hepatitis B, medications, autoimmune inflammation of the liver, disorders of the drainage system of the liver (the biliary system), and metabolic disorders of iron and copper (hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease).
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the bile ducts of the liver resulting in narrowing and obstruction of the flow of bile. This obstruction damages liver cells.
Liver Disease due to Alcohol: Cirrhosis or hepatitis - alcoholic; Laennec's cirrhosis , all these involve an acute or chronic inflammation of the liver induced by alcohol abuse.
This information was obtained from MediLine Plus: Liver Disease at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000205.htm
If your liver condition prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security benefits. With liver diseases, the Social Security Administration requires a detailed list of symptoms and specific test results before granting benefits. At Disability Group, we have a specialized team that handles liver cases and they are well versed with the requirements of a successful social security case.
Social Security evaluates each person's claim for benefits using the following five steps:
At Disability Group, we understand how hard life can become with a back injury. Our experienced staff will guide you through the process of getting your disability benefits. We understand what medical evidence is required to prove your case and we will work diligently at obtaining, analyzing and preparing your case for a favorable decision.
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