Hepatitis and Disability Benefits

Hepatitis and other liver diseases can be the basis for Social Security entitlement. While it is not necessary that an individual be on a waiting list for a liver transplant, it must be shown that that the disease is in an advanced stage. The Administration often uses the laboratory workups is assessing entitlement to disability, with a specific focus on serum bilirubin levels. Other signs the Administration looks for in assessing chronic liver disease cases is esophageal varices, ascites and hepatic cell necrosis. It is important that the liver disease has been confirmed by an actual liver biopsy. Treatments, whether it is medications, interferon or an actual transplant, are also weighed by the Administration.

All Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income determinations are based on medical documentation. It is important that your condition and treatment is thoroughly documented in the form of medical records, laboratory testing, clinical evaluations, and narrative reports from your treating physicians. If you do not treat with a doctor, or your doctor is not supportive, your lawyer will not be able to prove your case, regardless of how sick you truly are. Our goal is that you, your doctors and our attorneys can form the winning team to ensure that your pursuit for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits is successful.

At West Coast Disability Legal Center, our experienced attorneys guide people through each step of the Social Security Disability claims process. We can file your initial claim, appeal your claim to the reconsideration level if you are denied, request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, or appeal your case to the Appeals Council. To talk with us about your case, please call us at (800) 459-3017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact us online and one of our attorneys will get in touch with you. There is never a fee for our services unless we win your case.