Friday, September 21, 2007



Cirrhosis Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

Applicants applying for social security disability or SSI may potentially be approved for benefits via a medical vocational allowance, a means by which an allowance may be granted following the determination of the following: that a claimant is unable to work (at a former job or at some other type of work) and earn a specified minimal monthly gross income for a period not less than one full year.

To see what the income limit is for individuals who are working and simultaneously filing for disability, visit this page Substantial Gainful Activity, SGA.

Applicants applying for disability on the basis of cirrhosis may also be given consideration via the SSA impairment listing manual, specifically section 5.00, Digestive System, and, more specifically, listing 5.05, titled Chronic liver disease (including chronic active hepatitis, wilson's disease, and billiary cirrhosis.

The following pages provide information about the federal disability system and address questions such as the likelihood of being denied on the initial application, the possibility of improving the odds of winning benefits, the chances of winning at a disability hearing, who qualifies and why, and when to consider putting in an application for disability.


1. Will you be denied for social security disability the first time you apply ?
2. How can you improve your chances of winning disability
3. What are the chances of winning at a disability hearing?
4. Will an attorney really improve your chances of winning Social Security Disability or SSI ?
5. Who qualifies for disability in either the SSD or SSI program - eligibility
6. When should you file for Disability Benefits


What follows is basic information on Cirrhosis:

In the United States, cirrhosis is the twelfth leading cause of death among women and the tenth among men. Cirrhosis is the result of chronic liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis C or B, cystic fibrosis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic liver disease, drugs or toxins, and many other conditions, which may involve the liver.

Most liver disease replaces healthy tissue with scar tissue and nodules, thus reducing the liver’s ability to cleanse the blood of impurities. Complications that may arise from cirrhosis might include ascites, itching, bruising, jaundice, hepatic encephalopathy, and esophageal varices.

Since there is no cure for cirrhosis, most treatment options are aimed at preventing the progression of cirrhosis and reducing the severity of complications. For instance, individuals suffering from cirrhosis should avoid drugs such as acetaminophen and alcohol, stay on a healthy diet, be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, use laxatives to prevent constipation, control ascites with diuretics, treat infections with antibiotics, and treat underlying hepatitis conditions.

If cirrhosis complications become too severe or the liver stops functioning, the only remaining treatment option is liver transplantation. Individuals with liver transplants have about an eighty percent chance of surviving five years or more.




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