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When liver disease becomes a disability

Millions of Americans — including people right here in Charlotte — suffer from serious diseases, the most common of which is probably heart disease. But there are many other types of diseases that can be quite debilitating, leaving a person unable to work, and possibly disabled. Liver disease is one such illness.

A person who suffers from liver disease can experience many uncomfortable symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, nausea and swelling in the legs, ankles and abdomen. However, for some people these symptoms aren’t just uncomfortable, they are disabling. Cancer can cause liver disease, as can genetic disorders or certain infections.

People who suffer from liver disease and who are unable to work as a result may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for the illness. However, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that applying for SSD benefits can be difficult, and being approved to receive benefits is not guaranteed. Those who are applying due to liver disease will need to provide as many details as they can about the illness and the impact it is having on their lives.

Ultimately, a person who suffers from liver disease may never recover. The illness could be terminal, or it could at the very least result in the need for long-term care. When this happens, a person’s finances can be severely strained. Social Security Disability benefits can help people who find themselves in this type of position bridge the gap and make ends meet, especially when it comes to medical expenses. Those who face an initial denied claim should remember that there is an appeals process.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Liver Disease,” accessed on May 20, 2017

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