Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Liver Transplant

A liver transplant is a surgery that removes a liver that no longer functions properly (liver failure) and replaces it with a healthy liver from a deceased donor or a portion of a healthy liver from a living donor. Liver transplant is usually reserved as a treatment option for people who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. Liver transplant may also be a treatment option in rare cases of sudden failure of a previously healthy liver. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Liver Transplant Qualify for Disability?

There are a range of symptoms that can be expected when you have a liver transplant, and they all might affect your ability to work differently. Here are some relevant facts about your application for benefits related to your liver transplant from the SSA:

  • A liver transplant is one of the few conditions listed in the SSA’s Blue Book that meets approval for financial benefits with no additional criteria needed.
  • A liver transplant is listed in Section 5.09 of the Digestive System in the Blue Book. It states that all liver transplant recipients will be eligible for disability for at least one full year from their transplant.

After the one-year anniversary of your liver transplant, the SSA will reevaluate you to determine if your illness continues to be disabling enough to keep you from working. You will be evaluated on what is called your “residual impairments.”

This means that you will be responsible for providing evidence of your health and your work capabilities as related to your health. The SSA will consider the following:

  • How well you are functioning since your transplant, including a full assessment of all of your body systems.
  • Health complications that may have developed in other parts of your body since your liver transplant.
  • If you have had any rejection episodes and how often or severe they were.
  • Any negative reactions that you may have had to treatments, such as adverse reactions to your immunosuppressant medications.

Anyone requiring a liver transplant will have had health problems before they undergo transplantation. It is probable that you will qualify for financial assistance through another section of the Digestive System.

For example, you will likely already qualify for benefits under Section 5.05, Chronic Liver Disease.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve had a liver transplant 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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