Hepatitis C, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a qualifying condition for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, the SSA evaluates each case individually to determine whether or not the effects or the treatments would preclude you from doing any kind of work for a period of at least twelve months.
While a hepatitis C infection is often asymptomatic, once established, chronic infection can progress to scarring of the liver (fibrosis) and advanced scarring (cirrhosis), leading to a variety of symptoms including fatigue, flu-like symptoms, joint pains, abdominal pain, itching, sleep disturbances, jaundice, appetite changes, nausea, and depression. These symptoms can prevent normal work functions to be performed.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced in handling social security disability claims related to hepatitis C. We also have experience in cases related to other liver diseases including chronic liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, non‑alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and more. We understand what the SSA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.