Hepatitis C and Social Security Disability Benefits

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What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C (HVC) is a virus that is spread by contact with infected blood. Some symptoms include abdominal pain, fatigue, and jaundice. If left untreated, it can cause serious liver complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis C is also known to cause chronic liver disease which can result in liver failure. Even when treated, the medications can cause strong side effects and more complications for patients.

Hepatitis C and the associated complications can interfere with daily activities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has criteria for it listed under Chronic Liver Disease when determining Social Security disability benefits. In all other cases without a diagnosis of chronic liver disease, it will depend on the severity of the case.

Does Hepatitis C Qualify You for Disability Benefits?

In order to proceed with filing for disability benefits for Hepatitis C you must meet certain criteria outlined in the SSA’s Blue Book. This criterion includes a diagnosis of Hepatitis C by a physician, a diagnosis of chronic liver disease caused by Hepatitis C, and demonstrating that the symptoms have impacted your ability to work.

Keep in mind that in order to receive disability benefits you must have a health condition that keeps you from performing your current job or a job similar for at least a year. So even if you don’t necessarily meet the qualification for Hepatitis C in the SSA’s Blue Book, you may be able to obtain disability benefits if you are able to prove that your ability to work has been severely affected.

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