A variety of life-threatening illnesses can affect a Pennsylvania resident at any point in the person’s life. Many of these illnesses will become debilitating for people. When an illness becomes so severe that the person is no longer able to work, Social Security disability benefits may be sought. Through the SSDI program, Pennsylvania residents may qualify for monthly income because of their illness. These benefits can be essential to those who have no other source of income.
One reason that a person may need SSDI benefits is because of chronic liver disease. According to the Social Security Administration chronic liver disease is a disease that causes liver cell inflammation, scarring or necrosis for more than six months.
This disease can cause a variety of symptoms including a lack of appetite, fatigue, nausea or sleep disturbances. A variety of signs can be used to help determine whether or not a person has liver disease. The signs include an enlargement of the liver and spleen, jaundice, altered mental status and peripheral edema.
Eventually, chronic liver disease can cause serious medical conditions including the loss of function of the liver. There can be a suppression of bile flow and eventually liver cancer. In the end, only a liver transplant will provide a definitive cure for this disease.
When someone suffers from chronic liver disease the SSA will evaluate a variety of factors to determine if a person qualifies for SSDI benefits. These factors include a look at complex medical tests. If test results show that a person is struggling enough with this disease then the person may be awarded SSDI benefits.
There are a variety of other factors that need to be considered when a person is applying for SSDI benefits. People who may need these benefits should understand how the SSA is evaluating their situation. Pennsylvania residents may wish to speak with an attorney in order to understand the SSDI application process and how it applies to them.