Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is severe scarring of the liver. This serious condition can be caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis or chronic alcoholism. Each time your liver is injured — whether by excessive alcohol consumption or another cause, such as infection — it tries to repair itself. In the process, scar tissue forms. As cirrhosis gets worse, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to do its job. Advanced cirrhosis is life-threatening. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Cirrhosis Qualify for Disability?

The SSA evaluates liver disease and cirrhosis under its listing for chronic liver disease. You may meet or exceed this listing if you have been diagnosed with end-stage liver disease or chronic liver disease and have:

  • excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity (called ascites) or the pleural cavity (called hydrothorax)
  • spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
  • esophageal or gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • hepatorenal syndrome
  • hepatopulmonary syndrome
  • hepatic encephalopathy, or
  • end-stage liver disease with SSA CLD scores of 22 or greater.

To be approved for Social Security disability benefits for liver disease or cirrhosis, you will be required to provide medical evidence that proves that your condition meets or exceeds the criteria set forth in the listing of impairment for chronic liver disease. Typically, this involves submitting medical records that document a diagnosis, complete with physical findings, lab values for liver enzymes, and notes on treatment and prognosis.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with cirrhosis and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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