Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Wilson’s Disease

Wilson’s disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes copper to accumulate in your liver, brain and other vital organs. Most people with Wilson’s disease are diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 35, but it can affect younger and older people, as well. Copper plays a key role in the development of healthy nerves, bones, collagen and the skin pigment melanin. Normally, copper is absorbed from your food, and excess is excreted through a substance produced in your liver (bile). But in people with Wilson’s disease, copper isn’t eliminated properly and instead accumulates, possibly to a life-threatening level. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Wilson’s Disease Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with Wilson’s disease do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. Here they are below:
Hemorrhaging from varices (varicose veins in the stomach or esophagus) or from portal hypertensive gastropathy (disease of the stomach from high blood pressure in the stomach arteries) resulting in unstable blood pressure and requiring admission to a hospital for transfusion of at least 2 units of blood, or one of the following:

  • Accumulation of fluid in the pleural or abdominal cavities which cannot be attributed to other causes, in spite of continuing treatment, present on at least 2 occasions at least 60 days apart during a 6 month period, or
  • Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity) of a predetermined severity, or
  • Failure of the kidneys due to liver disease, or
  • Hepatic encephalopathy (decline of brain function which results from an accumulation of toxins in the blood due to liver disease) of a predetermined severity, or
  • End-stage liver disease of a pre-determined severity.

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 Wilson’s disease 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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