Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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Facts about Liver Disease and Filing for Disability
1) Liver disease is a blanket term used to cover a wide variety of diseases affecting the liver, from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis, to cirrhosis, Haemochromatosis, and many more. There are over 100 types of liver disease.
2) There are many symptoms of liver disease, including jaundice, portal hypertension, ascites, liver enlargement, liver failure, cholestasis, and liver encephalopathy.
3) Liver disease is also sometimes referred to as hepatic disease. The American Liver Foundation has stated that it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in people aged 25-64.
4) Itchy skin, bad breath, dark under-eye circles, a coated tongue, blemishes and rosacea can all be symptoms of a diseased liver, as can depression, sugar cravings, mood changes, anger, irritability, headaches, abdominal bloating, nausea, vomiting, and more.
5) The upper abdomen can also show a sign of liver disease – a roll of fat known as the ‘liver roll’ may appear on this area of the body due to liver disease.
6) Liver functions tests, liver biopsy, a computerized tomography scan (CT scan) and an ultrasound may all be used to help a doctor determine and diagnose liver disease.
7) The most common liver tests used to determine liver disease are Albumin, Alpha-1 antitrypsin, AST, Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), ALP, ALT, Prothrombin time, Serum bilirubin and Urine bilirubin.
8) According to the American Liver Foundation, one out of every ten Americans have liver disease and nearly 45,000 die of a liver disease each year.
9) Those who share needles, drink alcohol, and have frequent, unprotected sex are at a high risk for liver disease, as are those who are exposed to bodily fluids, blood or toxins and chemicals.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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