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Hepatitis C and Disability Social Security

Getting disabled with Hepatitis C
Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver, usually producing swelling and, in many cases, permanent damage to liver tissues. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, B, and hepatitis C. Both hepatitis B and C can lead to serious, permanent liver damage, and in many cases, death. Hepatitis C is a life-threatening, blood borne disease of the liver that is far more easily transmitted than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

A ground for a disability claim
This illness can be a cause for a person not to be able to perform or involve in any gainful employment, thus he or she can be qualified for social security disability benefits. Under the Social Security Disability Act, "disability" means the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physician or mental impairment which can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or result in death."

You should file as soon as it is determined that you will not be able to work during the next 12 months or your condition is expected to lead to death. However, Social Security does not recognize or give benefits for short term disability. Therefore if you have an accident where you cannot work for several days or even a few months, you will not be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

A person suffering from Hepatitis C can be eligible either for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). It will all depend on the documents presented and the data gathered by the Administration based on their own investigation.

Your physician will provide the most important evidence you need to convince the Social Security Administration that you deserve disability benefits. Since it is the SSA who is the ultimate decision maker about your claim, it is important that your doctor provides necessary documentation proving your disability. The medical report must include:

• medical history
• clinical findings
• laboratory findings
• the diagnosis
• the treatment prescribed

Social Security may also require or requests copies of medical evidence from hospitals, clinics, or other health facilities where you have undergone the treatment.



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